Staff fear for lives on ‘crash corner’, call for traffic lights
SHOP staff who work on the corner of Alice and Richmond streets in Maryborough say they fear for their lives when they enter the workplace.
The intersection outside Wilcox bike shop has been the location for countless crashes, including one that saw a car smash through their fence and shatter their window.
Police were called to crashes on the corner three times in just one week recently.
On October 1, a cane harvester ploughed into power lines at the intersection about 11am leaving almost 90 homes without power.
Less than nine hours later at the same intersection, a truck and a maxi taxi collided at about 7pm and a crew from the Maryborough fire station was called to the scene.
About 12.30pm on October 8, a motorbike and a car collided in the same spot.
While none of these crashes resulted in serious injury, Wilcox Bikes CEO Wayne Stark said he was so worried for the safety of his employees working so close to the intersection, he has moved the mechanic's workshop to the other side of the building.
"According to current legislation none of us should feel our lives are threatened when we're at work and we've done what we can to minimise that, but we have big heavy cane trucks and hear near misses all the time," Wayne said.
"They need to put traffic lights in there or change the lanes at a bare minimum."
He said a car slammed through their chain link fence and onto the shop's patio in February, stopping so close to the shopfront that the windows shattered.
While Mr Stark has only owned the business since January, he said the previous owners had also been forced to rebuild the fence after a similar incident.
"We had to make the decision to move the mechanic out of that corner, it's just too damn dangerous," he said.
"If we didn't have a reinforced front fence we would have cars in here all the time."
Mr Stark said traffic had increased with the arrival of a new medical centre opposite his shop, and the intersection was so bad that he now refuses to drive through it.
"I go down Alice St and go into March St, instead of going through that corner," he said.
Although he has heard and seen many crashes and near-misses, employee Cameron Staib had a near-miss when the car ploughed through the fence in February.
"It was really horrifying," Cameron said.
"I was at the window at the time and heard it coming towards me.
"Thank God for that fence or else it would have gone straight through the glass and come in here."
The Department of Main Roads and Transport has been contacted for comment.