No improvement plans for Camperdown-Lismore Road, despite latest crash

VICROADS has no plans to upgrade part of the Camperdown-Lismore Road near Camperdown, despite a third accident on the road yesterday morning.

A truck driver was taken to Warrnambool hospital after the truck he was driving rolled on the Camperdown-Lismore Road, about 500 metres north of the road’s intersection with Geelong Road.

Acting Sergeant Andrew McOrist, of Terang police, said the accident happened about 9.15am when the truck apparently aquaplaned on a smooth and slippery section of the road.

Acting Sergeant McOrist said the accident was about the third in recent times on that section of the road.

He said the Ballarat driver, who was in his late 60s, appeared to have been concussed in the rollover. 

The truck, which was travelling north, slid to the left-hand side of the road, turned 180 degrees before rolling over and landing back on its wheels off the road, Acting Sergeant McOrist said.

The accident occurred on a straight section of the road that followed a bend.

Acting Sergeant McOrist said water had pooled across the road and the conditions appeared to have contributed to the accident.

Speed signs advising motorists to travel at 60 kilometres an hour have recently been placed in the area.

VicRoads south-west director William Tieppo said it had no plans to upgrade Camperdown-Lismore Road in addition to regular maintenance activities on the road. 

Mr Tieppo said VicRoads inspected the road on a fortnightly basis and applied interim treatments as required, including filling potholes. 

Mr Tieppo said the only accident reported to VicRoads during the past five years on the Camperdown-Lismore Road between Racecourse Road and Chocolyn Road was one that occurred in May this year. 

He also said VicRoads had stepped up its pothole patching and minor road repairs on arterial roads throughout the south-west to remedy damage caused by recent wet weather.

VicRoads encouraged motorists to adapt their driving to the weather conditions, he said.

Meanwhile, a woman is in hospital after a minor car accident in Mortlake on Wednesday night. 

The woman was attempting to make a left turn from Purcells Lane on to Terang-Mortlake Road when she lost control of the car, hitting a road sign. 

Mortlake policeman First Constable Paul Fiddeman said the 68-year-old woman was taken to hospital with minor back injuries. 

“Instead of veering left she’s gone straight into a road sign,” First Constable Fiddeman said.

“There was only minor bumper damage to the car.”

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