Intersection safety fears

SOUTHERN Cross residents are campaigning for a major safety upgrade to an intersection after a second accident in five weeks.

Two people were injured yesterday in the collision between a car and a truck at the intersection of Southern Cross Road and Koroit-Mailors Flat Road at Southern Cross, east of Koroit.

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A Warrnambool Base Hospital spokeswoman said the two were in a stable condition.

Leon Carey, who lives adjacent to the intersection, said a stop sign was needed to replace the give way sign on Southern Cross Road or the intersection should be offset to improve safety. 

Mr Carey said visitors to the area were driving through the intersection without stopping because they were not aware they were crossing a higher-priority road.

He said the intersection was frequently used by trucks, which increased the safety risk. 

Constable Nick Roberts, of Warrnambool police, said a man and a woman, both in their 20s from Ararat, were trapped in their car for about 30 minutes before State Emergency Service members were able to cut them out. 

The impact of the collision with the truck spun the car into the front yard of a disused house adjoining the intersection.

The truck driver was not injured in the accident, which happened about 6.45am.

Mr Carey called Moyne Shire mayor James Purcell to the accident site yesterday morning to raise his concerns.

Cr Purcell said both roads at the intersection were the responsibility of VicRoads but the shire was working there under contract to VicRoads.

He said changing the give way sign on the Southern Cross Road to a stop sign was among options council would put to VicRoads.

Others were to offset the intersection so motorists could not drive straight across the Koroit-Mailors Flat Road, installing rumble strips or a flashing light that indicated there was a stop sign ahead.

Another local resident, who did not wish to be named, expressed concern there had been an 80km/h speed sign at the intersection when roadworks were under way. He said the speed limit should have been lower.

A VicRoads spokeswoman said it was undertaking drainage improvement works at the intersection to make it easier for heavy vehicles making a turn.

She said its staff reviewed the area yesterday and found that all signs and traffic management were in place. 

ehimmelreich@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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