Residents Greg O'Neill and Peter Peterson at a new sign near the Pialba Burrum Heads Rd intersection with Petersens Rd.
Residents Greg O'Neill and Peter Peterson at a new sign near the Pialba Burrum Heads Rd intersection with Petersens Rd. Alistair Brightman

Residents want carnage at Petersens Rd intersection to stop

CRAIGNISH resident Reg O'Neil is fed up with running down the driveway to help car-crash victims.

Mr O'Neil is regularly a first responder to the carnage that takes place outside his house at the intersection of Petersens Rd and Pialba Burrum Heads Rd.

The intersection has a 100kmh approach and can be difficult to negotiate for heavy or slow vehicles.

There have been several deaths at the intersection and this year alone, Mr O'Neil recalls five serious accidents.

The former truck driver has lived there for seven years and said he regularly held his breath when he heard dramatic noises.

"I'll hear a tyre scream and then hold my breath and think 'oh no not another one'," Mr O'Neil said.

"How many more people have to lose their lives before something is done?"

Prominent high crash zone signs were installed earlier this year but quickly removed and replaced with much smaller signs.

"Why remove the signs, they were right in your face as you came over the hill?" Mr O' Neil said.

A Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said the intersection had been assessed.

"The high crash signs were installed at the Petersens Rd intersection in error and were not appropriate for this location," she said.

"The committee agreed that based on the rural road environment, a lower speed limit may attract a poor level of compliance from drivers and may possibly reduce safety rather than improve it."



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