Road death sparks warn­ing for mo­torists

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IT’S a no­to­ri­ous stretch of road with a bloody his­tory.

John An­der­son, 74, died on Jan­uary 3 af­ter a two-ve­hi­cle crash near the in­ter­sec­tion of Shute Har­bour and Ri­fle Range roads at Mount Mar­low.

Abbey Tozer was in the other car in­volved in the tragic in­ci­dent and she has called on ev­ery­one to take care on the roads and do ev­ery­thing they can to avoid a life-threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tion.

“It’s al­ways been a dan­ger­ous corner and that road in gen­eral al­ways has peo­ple speed­ing or be­ing im­pa­tient,” she said.

“It’s pretty dan­ger­ous in the wet, ev­ery­one needs to slow down and pay at­ten­tion.”

For ev­ery per­son who has died along the no­to­ri­ous stretch, there’s a hand­ful of peo­ple who’ve been ex­tremely lucky to have walked away with their lives, in­clud­ing the driver of a large truck which came to grief on the corner on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Sue Scott of Scott’s Tim­ber has for eight years op­er­ated her busi­ness on the very corner in ques­tion.

Over the years she has seen nu­mer­ous ac­ci­dents and noted the most re­cent crashes hap­pened in the rain and it was ve­hi­cles in the west-bound lane that came a crop­per.

She said af­ter the death of Mr An­der­son she had con­tacted the Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads and was told up­grade works were sched­uled later this month.

“I am con­cerned that Main Roads did not get on board. If I was in charge I would make it a higher pri­or­ity,” she said.

“The same thing could hap­pen again given the right con­di­tions.”

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