Call for road repair
THE wailing of sirens is becoming an all-too familiar sound for residents at Liston, where a growing number of motorists are losing control on the perilous Mt Lindesay Rd.
Liston Rural Fire Brigade senior deputy captain Peter Bonner said the brigade had been called to five different accidents over the past few weeks.
"There have been three crashes within about 30 metres of each other over the course of a week," he said.
"The road up there is all ready for sealing but I think the wet weather's holding it up.
"If you drive to the conditions it's okay, but the road often has corrugations, potholes and loose, sandy material on the edges.
"At this time of year people who don't have experience on these roads drive too fast and come adrift."
The most serious incident was a crash at Wylie Creek earlier this month, when three children were airlifted after their father lost control of the car, which was "airborne for about 30-ft and nosed into a ditch".
It comes among four other crashes that, miraculously, have left the vehicle occupants relatively unharmed. The most recent incident was on Sunday, when a carload of itinerant workers rolled on Harrigan's Lane, off Mt Lindesay Rd.
Mr Bonner said the driver and four passengers were lucky to escape injury.
"All of them were taken in for checking over. They were suspecting spinal injuries, but they were released from hospital at the end of the day," he said.
"They could've easily gone into the trees.
"We keep saying there's got to be money spent on Mt Lindesay Rd.
"Locals are used to it, but when unfamiliar people from outside areas are driving on it there are a lot more accidents than there should be."
Mr Bonner said the perilous stretch of road had been particularly busy over the past month because of ongoing closures at Cunningham's Gap.
"There would be a lot of benefit in getting the funding," he said.
"The road needs an upgrade and it needs millions of dollars."