Black ice warning
POLICE are encouraging motorists to slow down when travelling along sections of road notorious for black ice.
At about midnight on Friday, a 32 year-old Melbourne man was lucky to sustain only minor injuries when he crashed his Toyota utility on the Great Alpine Road just outside Harrietville.
The driver struck black ice and lost control of the vehicle before rolling several times on the section of road known as ‘Frosty Corner’.
The stretch is marked with hazard lights and has a 40kph speed limit recommendation when the hazard lights are flashing.
Leading Senior Constable Scott Baldock said he was unsure what speed the man was travelling.
“The actual speed limit is 80kph along there and the driver might have been doing under that, but he still would have been going too fast looking at what happened,” he said.
“Friday night wasn’t great for black ice, it was really cold and that’s when people have to slow down and take more care.”
The man suffered shoulder injuries and was taken to Wangaratta hospital before being released the following morning.
There have been several accidents at Frosty Corner over the years and Leading Senior Constable Baldock said drivers should adhere to the warnings and others like it throughout the shire.
“The yellow and black signage and hazard lights are a 40kph warning for the speed you should be doing in icy conditions,” he said.
“We absolutely recommended that if those lights are flashing, people slow down to 40kph.
“We’ve seen too many times before what can happen if you’re going too fast.”
Just 30 minutes earlier a 22 year-old Narre Warren man in a white Lexus hit a deer just near the Tawonga Gap Road turnoff at Germantown.
Despite the driver being unable to avoid the collision Leading Senior Constable Baldock said motorists need to be aware of their surrounds and what wildlife is out at that time of night.
Neither man was issued an infringement notice.