Moun­tain road dan­ger Ű Driv­ing in­ci­dents high­light the need for cau­tion

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MT Buller and Mt Stir­ling Re­sort Man­age­ment apol­o­gised last week to the many peo­ple caught in lengthy de­lays on the Mt Buller road on the night of Fri­day, July 20.

Con­tin­u­ing snow­falls through­out the day meant there were sev­eral pe­ri­ods when there was an un­usual amount of ac­cu­mu­lated snow on the road.

Buses and 2WD ve­hi­cles were re­quired to fit chains at Mir­im­bah through­out the day.

One bus had dif­fi­culty at Un­named Cor­ner, caus­ing an­other to take eva­sive ac­tion, re­sult­ing in both buses be­com­ing bogged on the side of the road.

A third bus slid into an em­bank­ment fur­ther down the road at White Bridge.

Traf­fic in both di­rec­tions was halted sev­eral times to al­low re­cov­ery ve­hi­cles to nav­i­gate their way through the heavy traf­fic to reach the scene, per­mit an am­bu­lance car­ry­ing an in­jured skier off the moun­tain, and again as all three buses, one con­tain­ing a group of school chil­dren, were re­turned to the road.

“The chil­dren were safe and warm through­out the re­cov­ery ef­fort and thank­fully they all made it home safely,” Re­sort Man­age­ment chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Ben­netts said.

“The whole re­cov­ery took sev­eral hours to com­plete and we apol­o­gise to every­one who was pa­tiently wait­ing above or below the in­ci­dent through­out the evening and into the night.

“Our team worked with Vic­to­ria Po­lice to con­trol and re­open the road as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“Re­sort Man­age­ment is also re­view­ing the events to try and re­duce the chance of them oc­cur­ring again, im­prove our re­sponse, and keep peo­ple bet­ter in­formed if there are se­ri­ous in­ci­dents along the road.”

These in­ci­dents high­light the im­por­tance of driv­ers know­ing how to cor­rectly fit and use their wheel chains, and the need for every­one to drive care­fully in snowy and icy con­di­tions.

ICY: Sev­eral road in­ci­dents caused long holdups on Mt Buller re­cently.

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