Accident waiting to happen: school

Intersection alarm: Truck crash, two years after warning

TOPPLED: This B-double truck crashed onto its side after losing control at the Wangaratta-Eldorado and Carraragarmungee Estate roads intersection on Tuesday. PHOTO: Shana Morgan

IT was the truck crash that locals warned would happen.

Two years ago, teachers and parents at Carraragarmungee Primary School pushed the Rural City of Wangaratta and VicRoads for an upgrade to the intersection of Wangaratta-Eldorado and Carraragarmungee Estate roads.

They were scared that vehicles were not seeing give-way signs at Wangaratta-Eldorado Road in time, which had already resulted in many near-misses.

On Tuesday afternoon, a truck driver carrying 65 head of cattle in his B-double lost control while crossing the intersection too fast and crashed the truck onto its side, killing five of the cattle.

Leading Senior Constable Gavin Frew, of Wangaratta police, said the 45 year old Whorouly man was taken to hospital with minor head injuries and is currently assisting police with inquires, but no charges have been laid.

Carraragarmungee Primary School acting principal, Matt Vincent, watched the crash happen while taking parents on a tour of the school grounds.

“When the accident happened, the staff weren’t surprised,” he said.

“It’s something that has been raised before.”

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