Pothole behind another crash
ANOTHER motorist has escaped serious injury after he crashed his car whilst avoiding a pothole recently.
Leongatha man, Roy Mullens, was driving along Tarwin Lower Road near Meeniyan when he drove onto the roadside gravel to avoid a pothole and lost control.
His Toyota Hilux drove over the bank and through a fence and gate before coming to rest in a paddock.
The vehicle was later deemed a write-off.
Mr Mullens blamed the poor condition of the road for the accident.
“Around 5km out of Meeniyan towards Tarwin, I came to the first set of 40km/h signs and the ones saying dangerous roads, so I slowed down and got through that,” he said.
“About 200m down the road there wasn’t any signage and there were massive holes in the road, so I went on the gravel to avoid hitting the holes and I just lost it and spun out.”
Mr Mullens was lucky to avoid injury, receiving only a bump on his head when it hit the steering wheel.
Leongatha Police attended the incident, with Constable Don Haw stating Mr Mullens would not be charged for the accident.
“I contacted VicRoads and passed on my concern there was inadequate signage for that particular section of road,” he said.
“We urge people to take care because the roads are pretty bad.”
Con Haw said drivers need to pay attention to reduced speed zones around deteriorating roads, with police noticing a large number of people not complying with the signed speed limits.
He did confirm, in this instance, there was no reduced zone where Mr Mullens crashed.
Mr Mullens now hopes to receive compensation from VicRoads to help cover the cost of his insurance excess fee so he can replace his vehicle.
A VicRoads spokesperson said there were plans for some potholes along that stretch of road to be repaired in the near future.
“Repair works will be carried out along Tarwin Lower Road in coming weeks, at two locations south of Tarwin,” they said.
“These works will be asphalt patching works that will strengthen the road and make it smoother for all road users.”
Meeniyan Police Senior Constable Paul McDonald said he had been concerned with the state of the road for a while.
“It would’ve been nice to see the roads fixed before the summer period because it’s our busiest time of the year, especially along the Tarwin Lower Road and the Meeniyan-Promontory Road,” he said, adding he had been reporting potholes to VicRoads as he found them.
“I understand there are budget constraints and they’ve to get road crews out. The problem is they put a sign up for several months, and in the meantime thousands of cars are going over the potholes and making them worse.”
Snr Con McDonald said all drivers can do to avoid accidents is to be careful at all times.
“The road conditions aren’t good, but people just need to drive to the conditions. If it says traffic hazard ahead, be prepared,” he said.
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