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Accident on Canberra Avenue today

By boneymaloney - 18 July 2010 38

Canberra Avenue in Fyshwick was blocked off today for hours after about ten AM (Saturday), for what looked like a bad accident just East of the Canberra Ave/Monaro intersection. In fact, within spitting distance of the location where the police pursuit ended badly a couple of months ago.

Does anybody know what was up? There was a sheet erected as we passed, so I’m guessing some poor motorcyclist got whacked.

UPDATE: UrbanAdventure.org has sent in this pic with the following note:

crash site

I was driving in to Civic on Saturday as it was a fine and sunny day, just right for some photography. At the intersection of Canberra Avenue and the off ramps from the Monero Highway I noticed the traffic lights were flashing and the road was blocked off. I thought, oh no, not another accident, not really expecting there to be one. Sure enough, in almost the same spot that Mully wiped out a family, there was another accident. It was so sad to see yet again.

Judging from the marks on the road and the position of the vehicles involved, it would appear that a motorcycle travelling along Canberra Ave towards Queanbeyan has collided at speed with a utility travelling south from Ipswich street. I’m not attributing blame there, as clearly I have no way of telling who was doing what, and who, if anyone went through a red light. It would appear though that some one would have to have had to run a red light, or that some one was not paying attention to what they were doing.

Overall, very sad, more so considering the location. Obviously some lessons are not being learned. I wish the survivors a speedy recovery, and the friends and family of those that died all the best at this time.

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Accident on Canberra Avenue today
buzz819 9:13 pm 18 Jul 10

cranky said :

ACTION bus driver opinion is that the Erindale Drive death was a suicide.

Don’t let Woody hear you say stuff like that, he will be all over it about privacy and blah blah blah…

Dr Strange 8:51 pm 18 Jul 10

We were passing through on the way to Fyshwick and thought it looked really bad. It can be a nasty experience turning out from any of the uncontrolled side streets along Canberra Ave. Condolences to family and friends of the rider.

bd84 8:15 pm 18 Jul 10

The law of physics at work: ute vs bus = ute lose, motorcycle vs car = motorcycle lose.

dr phil 7:43 pm 18 Jul 10

RIP, let the pipes sound loud for one of our own and to the team at RMC my heart goes out to you all.

JC 6:34 pm 18 Jul 10

georgesgenitals said :

Very very sad, and indicative that we need to think a lot harder about road safety than we currently are.

Yes very sad, however a high road toll doesn’t mean we need to tighten or rethink safety per se. Sometimes shit happens, unfortunatly in a small place like the ACT when shit happens the raw stats become distorted. I recall a few years back where a family got killed in a van fire near Fyshwick. In one swoop the road toll for the year doubled but did that mean the standard of driving was any lower? Nope, it just mean one accident killed a lot of people. I think this year will be the same, an abnormal year where more people got killed, not a sign driving standards are any worse.

Woody Mann-Caruso 6:06 pm 18 Jul 10

It’s a secret to Stanhope, who apparently thinks speeding is the cause of collisions.

Translation:

Waah I got a speeding ticket and it’s Stanhope’s fault I didn’t see the enormous white van parked on the side of the road or the eleventy seven warning signs about the fixed camera.

Speeding fines – revenue raising, an IQ test and Darwinism all rolled into one.

georgesgenitals 4:53 pm 18 Jul 10

Very very sad, and indicative that we need to think a lot harder about road safety than we currently are.

H1NG0 4:49 pm 18 Jul 10

OzChick said :

Thanks for the update.

I thought that I’d also mention this. I was driving back from the Southside to the Northside at around 9pm last night and someone, who obviously did not tie down their load, had their single mattress fall out on to the Tuggeranong Parkway causing the car in front of me to swerve and my car to hit to the darn thing. It was stuck under my car for at least 50 metres under my front tyre as I was trying to slowing down. Far out!! There are some real idiots out there. Note to the driver, tie down your load for goodness sake, you could have killed somebody.

I almost hit a brick on the Tuggeranong Parkway the other day. I was changing lanes and it was sitting right in the middle of the lines. I reckon my front right wheel must have missed it by a couple of inches. There is all kinds of crap all over that road. I know a guy who was following a ute with a ladder on the back, the ladder slipped loose, hit the road and bounced over the top of his car before going under the car of the bloke behind. Crazy stuff.

Me no fry 1:15 pm 18 Jul 10

The Canberra Times report has Superintendent Cooke saying ”I don’t think it’s any secret that the cause of collisions generally is due to driver error”. It’s a secret to Stanhope, who apparently thinks speeding is the cause of collisions. Oh, hang on, he probably just pretends to believe that because it’s cheaper and more profitable to bung up a speed camera than to pay for police to patrol the roads.

And I still say that the ACT road toll should be 4 lower than is currently quoted. Why should victims of crime get counted in the road toll just because they were inside a car?

cranky 1:09 pm 18 Jul 10

ACTION bus driver opinion is that the Erindale Drive death was a suicide.

smee 1:01 pm 18 Jul 10

We passed this accident on the way to Mancare about 1:30pm yesterday. Traffic was banked up back to the lights at KFC with police still directing traffic.

OzChick 12:00 pm 18 Jul 10

Thanks for the update.

I thought that I’d also mention this. I was driving back from the Southside to the Northside at around 9pm last night and someone, who obviously did not tie down their load, had their single mattress fall out on to the Tuggeranong Parkway causing the car in front of me to swerve and my car to hit to the darn thing. It was stuck under my car for at least 50 metres under my front tyre as I was trying to slowing down. Far out!! There are some real idiots out there. Note to the driver, tie down your load for goodness sake, you could have killed somebody.

Ari 11:27 am 18 Jul 10
Mr Evil 11:22 am 18 Jul 10

OzChick said :

There was a really bad accident on Erindale Drive on Saturday morning at around 9am. Does anyone know what happened there? The road was closed off for most of the day until at least 4pm. The accident involved an ACTION bus and a white ute. I saw the white ute on the tow truck, it did not look good. It was pretty much split in half.

ABC News said last night that the ute veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with the bus, killing the sole occupant of the ute, and injuring 5 people on the bus.

OzChick 10:21 am 18 Jul 10

There was a really bad accident on Erindale Drive on Saturday morning at around 9am. Does anyone know what happened there? The road was closed off for most of the day until at least 4pm. The accident involved an ACTION bus and a white ute. I saw the white ute on the tow truck, it did not look good. It was pretty much split in half.

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