Horror crash at Scotts Creek renews calls for road safety upgrades on Great Ocean Road hinterland routes

The second crash in a week is leading to renewed calls for safety upgrades on Great Ocean Road hinterland routes.

A truck driver was lucky to escape serious injury after a horror crash at Scotts Creek on Thursday night.

The single-vehicle accident happened on the Timboon-Colac Road, with the truck coming to rest on the edge of a bridge, narrowly escaping a drop of about 15 metres.

Corangamite Shire councillor Simon Illingworth described the road as “testing” with multiple bends and no road shoulder. “There’s no margin for error,” he said.

Cr Illingworth said the road was a direct route for tourist buses, trucks and local drivers.

The crash follows a bus rollover in Cooriemungle last Saturday in which five injured passengers were transported to hospital in Geelong with a range of injuries.

“These horrible accidents happen all the time,” Cr Illingworth said.

“These roads have got to be made safe.”

Cr Illingworth said at least $26 million was needed to improve roads linking the Great Ocean Road and Princes Highway.

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