School hot spot for truck flips

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

TWO laden con­tainer trucks have flipped onto the same Stir­ling High­way foot­path near a pri­mary school in the past five months.

“I see pedes­tri­ans walk­ing up that side of the road to the start of the Stir­ling Bridge, in­clud­ing school kids,” City of Fre­man­tle coun­cil­lor Robert Fit­tock said.

At 7.05pm on Fe­bru­ary 16, a con­tainer truck with a non-haz­ardous load left Fre­man­tle Port and flipped onto its side, its driver un­in­jured, while turn­ing right at the Ty­de­man Road-Stir­ling Bridge in­ter­sec­tion in North Fre­man­tle.

An­other con­tainer truck car­ry­ing frozen food flipped at ex­actly the same lo­ca­tion at 6.20am on Oc­to­ber 2 last year.

Cr Fit­tock said Main Roads had “no idea” of the haz­ard at a Fe­bru­ary 24 Com­mu­nity Fo­cus Group meet­ing about the $1.6 bil­lion Perth Freight Link from Fre­man­tle Port, which may even­tu­ally go through the in­ter­sec­tion.

Cur­rent funds for the link only start south of the bridge and in­clude widen­ing Leach High­way in East Fre­man­tle and the con­tro­ver­sial Roe 8 ex­ten­sion in south­ern sub­urbs.

Last Novem­ber, a Fre­man­tle Port Author­ity study found Ty­de­man Road north of the bridge car­ried 2226 trucks in any 12-hour work­ing day.

With con­tainer move­ments around the port es­ti­mated to dou­ble to 1.4 mil­lion, res­i­dents ex­pect more trucks will go through the road’s in­ter­sec­tion with the high­way, about 150m from North Fre­man­tle Pri­mary School on John Street.

North Fre­man­tle res­i­dent Joe Bellino has noted the in­ter­sec­tion’s cam­ber, slope and al­legedly tight right turn, af­ter living next to it for 41 years.

“The road’s slope puts a lot of pres­sure on the con­tain­ers as they go round,” Mr Bellino said.

Main Roads crash data shows 52 crashes at the in­ter­sec­tion be­tween 2009 and 2013, 25 per cent re­quir­ing an am­bu­lance.

A Main Roads spokesman said the in­ter­sec­tion was part of a re­view iden­ti­fy­ing fu­ture mod­i­fi­ca­tions to make Ty­de­man Road safe and for trucks to safely ne­go­ti­ate the in­ter­sec­tion.

“How­ever, the cur­rent Perth Freight Link project does not in­clude any ma­jor im­prove­ments to this sec­tion of Stir­ling High­way,” he said.

The sec­ond truck rolled on Fe­bru­ary 16.

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