The scene of a crash on Sunday evening.
The scene of a crash on Sunday evening. Georja Ryan

Two crashes in seven hours

TWO car crashes in seven hours have locals fired up about the danger of Spring Creek Rd.

Both vehicles, on the two separate occasions, were travelling east in wet and foggy conditions when they slid off the bitumen and down the cliff face.

All passengers escaped alive.

Spring Creek Cafe owner Bev Ruskey said she was sick of accidents along the road and something needed to be done.

"We have wanted cat's eyes in the middle of the road for ages; it's just so dangerous and with the fog it makes it hard to see," Ms Ruskey said.

"Two cars in one night - surely it's time we got something done about it," she said.

She said the road was a hazard and had been home to a number of vehicle accidents.

"Easily one or two (accidents) a year, maybe more," Ms Ruskey said.

She said Main Roads had spent money on the wrong sort of signage along the narrow road.

"Main Roads spend a lot of money putting up signs saying people can take photos at the lookouts, but never once asked locals what we wanted to spend the money on," Ms Ruskey said.

She said she was not alone in requesting cat's eyes be put on the winding road.

"It's not just me, a lot of locals say it too, and have been saying it for years," she said.

A Main Roads spokesman said putting cat's eyes on the road was not an option because the road was too narrow.

"Raised pavement markers, or "cat's eyes", are only used on roads that are wide enough to warrant a centreline and where there are high traffic volumes," he said.

Ms Ruskey said she knew the road was narrow, but "at least it would provide a guide for motorists".

Sergeant Trevor Gordon, of Killarney Police, said it was integral that motorists took care when driving on the roads and drove to the conditions.

"Be very cautious, especially with the wet weather and fog," Sgt Gordon told the Daily News.


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