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VICTIM’S PLEA: Underpass crash prompts bid for safety upgrade
A DANGER: The pedestrian walkways, and railway bridge over the Rowan Street underpass. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

A WANGARATTA pensioner, whose vehicle and caravan were written-off in a senseless attack and subsequent crash in the Rowan Street underpass, wants extra safety measures introduced to protect the motoring public.

The man, who still doesn’t want to be publicly identified, made an impassioned plea this week, telling the Wangaratta Chronicle more needs to be done to protect motorists on arguably the city’s busiest thoroughfare.

“I’m bloody lucky I wasn’t killed,” he said, still shaking as he recalled the instant a metal rod, thrown from a pedestrian walkway above, smashed through his window, hit his hand, and sent his brand new Nissan 4WD and caravan crashing head-on into the walkway’s concrete pillars on May 11.

“I’m still nursing a broken nose, broken rib and internal bleeding.

“It’s been almost two weeks since the incident and I still can’t drive down the underpass.

“I just don’t want anyone else to go through my harrowing ordeal.

“This has absolutely destroyed my wife…who was so looking forward to going away camping after her cancer treatment, but the crash thwarted that.

“I hope some good can come of our could have happened to anyone.”

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