Melba smash

By 17 July, 2011 14

ACT Policing’s Collision, Investigation and Reconstruction Team are investigating a single vehicle collision in Melba this morning (Sunday, July 17), in which a 28-year-old man suffered serious injuries.

Around 5.05am, the man was driving a Holden Commodore station wagon southbound along Kingsford Smith Drive when he lost control a short distance past Baddeley Crescent.

Initial investigations indicate the vehicle mounted the left kerb and the driver’s door struck a power pole. The vehicle continued down an embankment before stopping on a pedestrian underpass 3.3 metres below the road service.

The 28-year-old male driver and two male passengers were taken to The Canberra Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained during the collision.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or may be able to assist police with their investigation to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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14 Responses to Melba smash
#1
BenMac7:55 pm, 17 Jul 11

Spence smash. I don’t believe Melba starts til Alpen St.

#2
Spectra8:42 am, 18 Jul 11

BenMac said :

Spence smash. I don’t believe Melba starts til Alpen St.

The border actually intersects with Kingsford Smith right at the point of the underpass, then follows it South to Alpen St. So while you’re technically correct that he was in Spence, having come off the Eastern side of the road, it’s kind of splitting hairs at that point – he was all of 5 meters from being in Melba :)

Also – kudos to the police for their particularly precise measurement of the height of the underpass…

Hope he comes out of it okay.

#3
Kerryhemsley10:24 am, 18 Jul 11

BenMac said :

Spence smash. I don’t believe Melba starts til Alpen St.

WTF. That’s the important message out of the article.

#4
BenMac8:09 pm, 18 Jul 11

Kerryhemsley said :

BenMac said :

Spence smash. I don’t believe Melba starts til Alpen St.

WTF. That’s the important message out of the article.

Pretty much. Driver and passengers didn’t die. So not that big a news story. No mention of speed or alcohol, so no expected messages on don’t drink and drive and speed kills. I decided to add my 2c worths, from the comfort of my chair, about the accuracy of the location.

Got a problem with that?

#5
Ceej19738:25 pm, 18 Jul 11

Every time a white Holden Commodore is removed from our roads, a kitten is saved!

#6
Ledanta9:07 pm, 18 Jul 11

A white commodore?

#7
Thoroughly Smashed9:11 pm, 18 Jul 11

BenMac said :

Spence smash.

HULK SMASH.

#8
Henry829:56 pm, 18 Jul 11

“3.3 metres” and “short distance”

i love the accuracy and vagueness of the information provided in the same press release.

#9
dvaey5:53 am, 19 Jul 11

Henry82 said :

“3.3 metres” and “short distance”

i love the accuracy and vagueness of the information provided in the same press release.

It goes well with their spelling of ‘road surface’ (well, right spelling, wrong word, spell check wouldnt pick that one up).. and that the accident happened at ‘about 5:05am’, rather than ‘about 5am’

Also, if this accident happened in Spence, surely they wouldve almost had to have driven right past the Calvary hospital to take them to TCH?

#10
KeenGolfer8:08 am, 19 Jul 11

BenMac said :

Driver and passengers didn’t die. So not that big a news story. No mention of speed or alcohol, so no expected messages on don’t drink and drive and speed kills.

I would say that because the driver was taken to hospital he was most likely unable to be breath tested. So what happens is his blood is taken at hospital and that is tested for alcohol and drugs. So the driver may well end up being charged at a later date.

Let’s see, 5am on Sunday morning, 3 blokes in vehicle, crashes for no apparent reason. I’d wager that there was either high speed and/or alcohol involved.

#11
Ceej19739:14 am, 19 Jul 11

Ledanta said :

A white commodore?

Yeah I know. I was being a little bit over presumptious and generalistic, based on the common thread on RA.

#12
Ledanta10:57 am, 19 Jul 11

Ceej1973 said :

Ledanta said :

A white commodore?

Yeah I know. I was being a little bit over presumptious and generalistic, based on the common thread on RA.

Hi Ceej,
We must have posted at the same time. I was also referring to the common thread. :)

#13
Solidarity11:31 am, 19 Jul 11

KeenGolfer said :

Let’s see, 5am on Sunday morning, 3 blokes in vehicle, crashes for no apparent reason. I’d wager that there was either high speed and/or alcohol involved.

Fatigue.

#14
troll-sniffer12:51 pm, 19 Jul 11

dvaey said :

Now, sir, you’re entering into areas you may not be qualified to pontificate about. 3.3 metres below the road surface would, if taken out of context, mean underground, directly below the road. Perhaps the erstwhile constable tasked with penning the press release did in fact make the distinction, and chose the more obscure function of the road, which is to act as a service. If so, then declare the egg on your face, nay, sit for a digital portrait with said egg still runny, and share.

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