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Newcastle woman sent bill by iCare for Swansea Bridge crash in 2017

Driver who nearly died after crashing her car off a bridge and into water, is mortified when she sends BILL to fix it

  • Deb Maroney nearly died in a car accident near Swansea Bridge, NSW, in 2017
  • She was driving in wet weather when her car slipped and launched off the bridge
  • Transport NSW’s insurance company sent Mrs Maroney a bill for repairs last week
  • Insurance company iCare has since withdrawn its $11,758.45 bridge repair bill

A woman who nearly died after driving her car off a bridge in wet weather has been billed $11,700 five years after the crash.

Deb Maroney was driving over the Swansea Bridge, near Newcastle, in heavy rain on 31 May 2017 when her Ford Falcon slipped and was thrown off the side of the bridge.

Ms Maroney said the bridge’s rusting railing did little to prevent her car from plunging two meters below into the fast-moving canal.

‘I thought I was going to die. I was convinced I had given up,” she said A current matter

Five years later, Ms. Maroney said she was still paying for therapy to help her recover from the traumatic crash.

“I can’t even go through a car wash because the water hits the car,” she said.

Deb Maroney (above) was billed for $11,758.45 road repair after she nearly died in a car accident in 2017

Deb Maroney (above) was billed for $11,758.45 road repair after she nearly died in a car accident in 2017

Then, last week, in a stunning turn of events, Transport NSW’s insurance company iCare presented her with a bill for $11,758.45.

Ms Maroney said the bill “absolutely crushed her” and she did not understand why she was being charged with damages when the road fencing was “inadequate”.

“My car slid on the greasy metal rail on the bridge, hit these two fences and went straight into the water,” she said.

“If they had been something substantial, I would have been fine.”

Ms Maroney said the weak railing on Swansea Bridge did little to prevent her car from plunging into a fast-flowing canal below (pictured, Ms Maroney's car after being pulled from the water)

Ms Maroney said the weak railing on Swansea Bridge did little to prevent her car from plunging into a fast-flowing canal below (pictured, Ms Maroney’s car after being pulled from the water)

A Transport NSW spokeswoman said it had not discovered Ms Maroney’s account until the media reached out to her last week.

She said Transport NSW immediately took action against iCare and the account was revoked.

However, Ms Maroney said she would like to see the bridge repaired, otherwise “someone will be killed.”

The Transport NSW spokeswoman said it has no plan to renew the bridge fencing but is carrying out regular maintenance inspections.

Ms Maroney said if the bridge's railing had been stronger than a 'school' or 'swimming pool' she would have been safe (pictured, the bridge's fence after Ms Maroney's crash)

Ms Maroney said if the bridge’s railing had been stronger than a ‘school’ or ‘swimming pool’ she would have been safe (pictured, the bridge’s fence after Ms Maroney’s crash)

Daily Mail Australia has contacted iCare for comment.

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