Crash at notorious Cannonvale turn
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.