Local Len Willet has previously spoken about the dangers of the Eight Mile intersection, which has been the site of another serious crash.
Local Len Willet has previously spoken about the dangers of the Eight Mile intersection, which has been the site of another serious crash. Georja Ryan

Intersection back in the spotlight

THE notorious Eight Mile intersection is back under the spotlight, after a woman collided with a truck after becoming confused as to where she should exit.

Shannyn Leigh O'Brien was travelling home after a trip to Leslie Dam on December 27, when she missed the Toowoomba turn-off.

After travelling several metres towards Brisbane, O'Brien attempted to make a sharp left-turn down a road that is meant to take traffic from Brisbane to Toowoomba.

A truck travelling behind O'Brien was not expecting the then 17-year-old to make the manoeuvre and ended up colliding with the back of the vehicle.

As a result, the Suzuki Swift the teenager and her passenger were travelling in hit a median strip and knocked down two signs before rolling onto its side.

Neither O'Brien or her passenger were injured in the crash, however both were taken to hospital for observations. The truck driver was uninjured.

The controversial intersection has been the site of several crashes over the past few years, some of which have been fatal.

O'Brien pleaded guilty in the Warwick Magistrates Court last week to driving without due care and attention.

She said she didn't know there was a truck travelling behind her until seconds before impact, despite having passed the vehicle just minutes earlier.

Defence lawyer Phillip Crook said his client had never travelled that road before and became confused after she failed to notice the Toowoomba signs.

Mr Crook told the court he had other clients who had had similar experiences with missing the turn-off at the intersections.

The court was told it was O'Brien's passenger who instructed the young driver to make the sharp left down the wrong road.

Since the crash, the 18-year-old has completed a defensive driving course.

Magistrate Graham Lee told the woman he hoped she had learnt something and issued her with a fine of $250.


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