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Truck crash highlights bad road

A TRUCK jack-knifed on a wet Strzelecki Highway last Wednesday, partially blocking the road for several hours, while emergency crews cleaned up.
The unloaded semi-trailer was travelling towards Mirboo North and lost control on a right hand bend just prior to the Tarwin River bridge and came to a stop, blocking the Leongatha bound lane, around 9am.
The 36 year old driver from South Australia was uninjured and no other vehicles were involved. There is no evidence of speed being a factor in the incident, Leongatha Police said.
Police, ambulance, Vic Roads, EPA and volunteers from CFA and SES all attended the scene.
The truck’s fuel tank was punctured as a result of the crash, which allowed a substantial amount of diesel fuel to leak, which was contained to the roadside.
After The Star posted about the accident on its Facebook page, people had plenty to say about the dangerous corners.
Josh Moore said, “That corner is shocking. VicRoads need to do something about this. Doesn’t help that it doesn’t even fix up the holes in the bend which has made it even more dangerous.”
Carol Zuidema said she had written to VicRoads a number of times and even talked with them “to no avail”.
“Just drive slowly there all the time now wet or dry. it’s a shocking corner, you just don’t know who is coming and at what speed,” she said.
Dianne Wood agreed it’s “a shocking corner”.
“And the bridge is s shocker too. All that wasted money on useless rope barriers, but they leave the roads in dangerous disrepair,” she said.
Anita Eden said there is “an accident every time it’s wet on that corner. It doesn’t even need to be wet, shocking bit of road”.
Jack Charlton said he travels along the Strzelecki Highway every day.
“On Monday (May 21) it was like it had rained diesel, never seen the road so slippery. Traction control was on and off the whole way into Leongatha, very dangerous.”
Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriett Shing said she knew the Strzelecki Highway has been the subject of road safety concerns.
“The Victorian Government is investing $66 million to resurface and repair some of Gippsland’s most notorious roads, which will include sections of the Strzelecki Highway,” she said.
Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien said he had identified this part of the Strzelecki Highway as a dangerous area needing attention.
“There are many tricky bends or sections of road in South Gippsland but this spot was one I identified when I was first elected and took up with the Minister for Roads,” he said.
“Unfortunately, given Labor cut the roads maintenance budget in its first budget, nothing serious was ever done about it.”
VicRoads regional director eastern Scott Lawrence said VicRoads was working to improve safety on the Strzelecki Highway.

Short stop: a truck accident caused traffic chaos on the Strzelecki Highway last Wednesday, after the vehicle jack-knifed and left the highway partially blocked. The accident resulted in a diesel leak that was contained by the police, VicRoads and the Environment Protection Authority.

Short URL: http://thestar.com.au/?p=24980

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