Crash at no­to­ri­ous Cannonvale turn

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Cannonvale in­ter­sec­tion of Shute Har­bour Road and Val­ley Drive was the scene of a two-ve­hi­cle traf­fic crash last Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The driver of a dark coloured Mazda col­lided with the rear of a sil­ver Toy­ota Hilux util­ity at about 12.15pm.

Whit­sun­day Po­lice, Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice (QAS) and Queens­land Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice (QFRS) all at­tended the scene.

Whit­sun­day Po­lice Sergeant Barry Haran said the driver of the Mazda ap­peared to have been distracted and drove into the Hilux pre­par­ing to turn into Val­ley Drive.

He cau­tioned mo­torists to be care­ful around this in­ter­sec­tion.

“With the heavy flow of traf­fic th­ese days, it can be dif­fi­cult to get in and out of that in­ter­sec­tion, par­tic­u­larly at peak hours,” he said.

Sgt Haran’s words of warn­ing were echoed by Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Brad Teys, who said turn­ing right from Shute Har­bour Road into Val­ley Drive was of­ten very risky.

“I don’t like do­ing it my­self be­cause the aver­age per­son doesn’t look that far ahead,” he said.

Act Snr Sgt Teys said ul­ti­mately the in­ter­sec­tion needed a ded­i­cated right turn lane “or no turn at all com­ing in­bound”.

No-one was in­jured in Fri­day’s crash but the Mazda was se­verely dam­aged and had to be towed from the scene.

SMASH: No-one was in­jured when the driver of a Mazda col­lided with a Toy­ota Hilux util­ity at the in­ter­sec­tion of Shute Har­bour Road and Val­ley Drive in Cannonvale last week.

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