Operator calls for better road safety along Midland Hwy

A trucking company operator has called for the installation of warning lights on the Midland Highway approach to Buninyong.

Buninyong resident and operator at Freeman’s Transport, Sam Freeman, said the steep road towards the roundabout, where a B-double recently crashed, was known as a previous hazard for heavy vehicles. Drivers, he added, need a warning before approaching the intersection.

“Buninyong needs, on the top of the hill, some sort of warning for heavy vehicle drivers that there is a steep descent so they can select a low gear,” Freeman told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

“To eliminate any more problems, something needs to be done quickly.

“Even a mobile signboard to be put up there as early as today to warn drivers and take some pressure off the people of Buninyong worrying about another incident like what happened on Friday.”

Freeman said better safety measures have been implemented in other similar conditions, so it should be the case here as well.

“There are plenty of other places where there have been incidents, like the Adelaide Hills and Toowoomba Range, where they put up warning signs, so I think it is the way to go,” he said.

“The truck speed at the top of the hill is the problem we face in Buninyong. There needs to be a big warning sign and flashing lights at the top of the hill. It needs to be in your face.”

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