Highway tragedy

A FATAL crash on Saturday has highlighted the urgent need for $50 million roadworks proposed for the Black Spur bends near Koonwarra to start.

The accident was the second crash in less than a month on the bends in the South Gippsland Highway between Koonwarra and Meeniyan, after a four wheel drive collided with an embankment on May 4.

A Meeniyan man died after the milk tanker he was driving left the road while he was travelling south east at about 5.45am, Saturday.

Police believed the driver, 50, lost control of the truck and it rolled before leaving the highway between Caithness and Minns roads. He died at the scene.

VicRoads project director Ray Paterson said yesterday (Monday), “Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the man who tragically lost his life in Saturday’s crash.

“We understand how important this project is to the local community and we’re doing everything we can to make sure it gets underway as soon as possible.”

Earlier this year, VicRoads stated works would not start until summer after the project was delayed by the impact works would have on trees and the discovery of Aboriginal artefacts.

VicRoads is now working through the Federal Government’s Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act process, in relation to the impact of the project on Strzelecki gums and Australian grayling fish.

Once these approvals have been gained, VicRoads expects works to start in summer and be finished in 2021.

Wonthaggi Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash on Saturday and wish to speak to any witnesses.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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