Mountain road danger Ű Driving incidents highlight the need for caution
MT Buller and Mt Stirling Resort Management apologised last week to the many people caught in lengthy delays on the Mt Buller road on the night of Friday, July 20.
Continuing snowfalls throughout the day meant there were several periods when there was an unusual amount of accumulated snow on the road.
Buses and 2WD vehicles were required to fit chains at Mirimbah throughout the day.
One bus had difficulty at Unnamed Corner, causing another to take evasive action, resulting in both buses becoming bogged on the side of the road.
A third bus slid into an embankment further down the road at White Bridge.
Traffic in both directions was halted several times to allow recovery vehicles to navigate their way through the heavy traffic to reach the scene, permit an ambulance carrying an injured skier off the mountain, and again as all three buses, one containing a group of school children, were returned to the road.
“The children were safe and warm throughout the recovery effort and thankfully they all made it home safely,” Resort Management chief executive officer Mark Bennetts said.
“The whole recovery took several hours to complete and we apologise to everyone who was patiently waiting above or below the incident throughout the evening and into the night.
“Our team worked with Victoria Police to control and reopen the road as quickly as possible.
“Resort Management is also reviewing the events to try and reduce the chance of them occurring again, improve our response, and keep people better informed if there are serious incidents along the road.”
These incidents highlight the importance of drivers knowing how to correctly fit and use their wheel chains, and the need for everyone to drive carefully in snowy and icy conditions.
ICY: Several road incidents caused long holdups on Mt Buller recently.