The intersection of Hibberson Street and Hinder Street is becoming renowned for accidents. Photo: Elesa Kurtz
An intersection in Gungahlin responsible for 66 crashes in seven years was the scene of another serious incident last week, triggering calls for action from the community.
The three-car accident at the Hibberson and Hinder Street intersection resulted in the destruction of a public seat and one woman being transported to hospital by ambulance.
In the past three years the intersection has become infamous among residents as a hot spot for multi-vehicle accidents.
Signs marking the intersection of Hibberson Street and Hinder Street. Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Gungahlin Community Council president Ewan Brown said the intersection had been a council priority for at least two years and many members of government along with Roads ACT were aware of their concerns.
He said a meeting was convened on the issue about 18 months ago, attended by Roads ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Gungahlin business people.
“We took them at face value at the time and thought something would be done,’’ Mr Brown said.
“We are absolutely disgusted that there has been no movement whatsoever. I can’t believe there has been no attempt to get people to slow down.
‘‘It is just quite amazing.’’
Mr Brown claimed there had been at least four bad accidents in the past 12 months.
A McGrath property business employee, whose office overlooks the intersection, witnessed last week’s carnage.
“Generally there is a crash every few weeks on this intersection,’’ he said.
“I’ve been working in the town centre for a couple of years and it is certainly very consistent.
“It always involves a minimum of two cars colliding because there are no traffic lights. Yesterday’s [Wednesday, October 9] was probably the biggest one we’d ever seen. It involved three cars. Two of them were definitely write-offs. Ambos, firies, cops with bikes, the works, they all came.’’
The accident triggered a frenzy of activity on the MyGungahlin website.
One resident claimed it was the worst intersection in Gungahlin while another posted that traffic lights were needed before somebody got killed.
Even though records show an accident at an average of almost one a month for seven consecutive years, a Territory and Municipal Services spokesman said it did not qualify for black-spot funding.
He said the intersection was at number 48 in priority when compared with other ACT intersections.
“As such, there are no immediate plans for major upgrades at this location. Roads ACT has, however, investigated the community’s concerns and is proposing to replace the give way signs on Hinder Street with stop signs.
“This work is expected to be implemented before the end of December 2013.’’