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Fatal road incident Canberra's third in a month

CANBERRA has recorded its third road fatality in a month after a Macgregor man was killed in an accident at a known black spot in Holt yesterday morning.

The accident occurred at 7.24am at the intersection of Florey Drive and Southern Cross Drive, near Kippax shops, where work is already under way to install traffic lights. It is believed a white Toyota Corolla, attempting to turn right on to Southern Cross Drive from Florey Drive, collided with a light truck that was travelling eastbound on Southern Cross Drive.

The male driver of the Corolla was killed in the accident.

The driver and the passenger of the truck both received minor injuries in the collision, and have been taken to Canberra Hospital for treatment.

Both roads were closed at the intersection while police investigated the circumstances of the accident.

Construction work to build traffic lights at the intersection of Southern Cross Drive and Florey Drive would be finished by August, according to ACT Policing's head of traffic operations Superintendent Kylie Flower.


''The construction works have in no way contributed to the crash,'' she said.

''The conditions at the time were fine.''

ACT Policing's investigation and reconstruction team is looking into the cause of the accident.

Superintendent Flower said ACT Policing's records from the past five years showed 50 per cent of crashes occurred at intersections.

She said there had been a number of deaths at the intersection of Florey Drive and Southern Cross Drive ''over the years''.

A motorbike rider was killed at the intersection two years ago.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the motorcyclist in April 2010 was convicted of negligent driving causing death and jailed earlier this year.

Business owners and staff at the nearby Kippax shops said yesterday they had seen numerous accidents at the busy T-junction, an arterial road for the ACT's growing population in suburbs such as Macgregor and Dunlop.

Fitness worker Sage-Nelly Uhr said the intersection was a ''terrible corner''.

''Everyone hates it. Everyone thinks there should be lights there,'' she said.

She and other workers at the shops said they had often seen drivers speeding through the intersection.

Mini-market owner Tom Stevenson said other nearby intersections along Southern Cross Drive had also been dangerous.

The ACT government is in the process of seeking the community's feedback about traffic calming measures at Spofforth Street, just a few hundred metres from yesterday's deadly crash.

In December 2011, speed cushions were installed after residents complained about speeding cars.

After more than 12 months without a fatal road accident in the ACT, this incident is now Canberra's third death in under a month.