Black ice warn­ing

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BYJUSTIN JEN­VEY jjen­vey@ne­me­

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.

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