IT'S only a matter of time before someone is killed on a notorious sweeping bend, a man who rolled his car on it claims.
Mount Gambier's Robert Monk was travelling to Koroit on Sunday to visit a mate.
He usually travels on the Woolsthorpe-Heywood Road but decided to seek an alternative route due to road works.
Mr Monk, a truck driver with more than 30 years experience, decided to take the Tarrone North Road. "I thought 'this is a good road' so I put the vehicle on cruise control," he said.
"I was driving along and I didn't see any sign to say there was a corner coming up or to slow down.
"There was just a yellow sign with an arrow but when I saw that it was too late and it was way too sharp for 100km/h." Mr Monk said he tried to regain control of his Toyota Hilux but was unable to. "The car rolled at least once, I'm not sure whether it rolled a couple of times or not."
It came to rest on its wheels but Mr Monk was trapped as the roof had collapsed after hitting a large rock on the side of the road.
"I don't know whether I blacked out or not but I remember I could only see out of the side of the vehicle," he said.
"I turned it off and I tried to get out but I couldn't because the door was jammed because it had been crushed."
In a move that shocked Mr Monk, one vehicle drove past him and didn't stop.
"I was looking around to see if I could find my phone which had flung out of my pocket but I couldn't find it," he said.
Luckily, the next car that came across the accident stopped.
"I think it was a blue Falcon towing a trailer and the young lady driving it was bloody brilliant," Mr Monk said. "She kept me calm and she got one of the fellas who was in the car with her to call Triple O."
Mr Monk said he would like to know who the woman was to thank her. He said police and SES arrived about 15 minutes later and freed him from his ute.
He was taken to South West Healthcare's Warrnambool Base Hospital where he was cleared from having any major injuries.
However, he is battered and bruised and said a ringing sound in his head is preventing him from sleeping.
Mr Monk said he was off work and could barely move his neck. He wants something done to prevent further accidents on the stretch of road. "I'm surprised there hasn't been a death there yet," he said.
Mr Monk said he returned to the accident scene before returning home.
"I couldn't believe that after all those years of travelling around on some of the most treacherous roads in Australia that I had lost control," he said. "I really want something done about it, otherwise I will go down there and put signs up myself."
Moyne Shire Council's infastructure and environment director Trevor Greenberger said the council welcomed feedback and would be happy to discuss the issue with Mr Monk.
"We are committed to continual improvements to make our roads safer," Mr Greenberger said.
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