Traffic lights out but no crashes
MIRACULOUSLY there were no accidents at a Hervey Bay intersection yesterday when the traffic lights went out for six hours during peak time.
The lights, on the corner of Boat Harbour Drive and Nissen Street, were not working from about 6am to 12pm and some drivers reported having to wait for lengthy periods before being able to make right-hand turns.
Despite being bombarded with phone calls from concerned motorists, Hervey Bay police did not direct traffic but instead referred the matter to the council and Main Roads Department.
The council said the matter was not its responsibility.
Staff at Bay City Nissan, Honda and Kia said they feared a crash was imminent.
Chris Hughes, who says he regularly sees crashes at that intersection, was just one driver who called police.
“I got here just before 7.30am and had to negotiate my way through them,” Mr Hughes said.
“I thought the police would take an interest in it and come and direct traffic but they haven’t.
“There’s enough accidents at this intersection without having no lights.
“I’m surprised there hasn’t been an accident, I really am.”
An electrical company arrived at the scene to repair the lights about 8.45am.