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Barton highway not a good option

By johnboy 8 February 2013 10

Reports are coming in of a two car head on collision on the Barton Highway with significant delays around the NSW border.

Safe trips home everyone.

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cranky 8:30 pm 10 Feb 13

Gorilla,

Thank you for that. I was totally wrong.

Again, condolences to all involved. There were innocent victims in all this.

GORILLA_SNAPPER 12:29 pm 10 Feb 13

cranky said :

Pure conjecture.

Mum and Ben were unlikely to have been in the Commodore. The airbags in the Commodore were pictured to have been deployed.

Almost inconceivable that the Mitsubishi was travelling at ‘high speed’ with Mum behind the wheel. I suspect the Commodore driver is in a shedload of strife.

My condolences.

wrong, mum and ben were in the commodore. bens mum unfortunately remembers nothing before the crash, only waking up in the car to hear ben screaming for help but unable to move or talk to reassure him, a horrible horrible way for anyone to die. police have yet to determine who is at fault. all we know is that given the way bens mum swerved to avoid the crash unfortunately ben took the full brunt of the crash. the docters stated had he been rescued and rushed to hospital in less than the 2 hours it took to free him, he still would not have survived his injuries 🙁

bens mum is now in a conscious and stable, but still serious condition. obviously distraught and devastated at the loss of her son.

take care on the roads people, you never know when this will happen to you

Russ 10:24 am 10 Feb 13

In many ways, this collision makes no sense. In the second photo on this page:
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/one-dead-as-crash-closes-highway-20130208-2e3c6.html
you can see the dashed line that’s the start of the overtaking lane going South towards Canberra, so it seems unlikely the Southbound vehicle pulled out to overtake just before this stretch of overtaking lane.

I guess it’s possible the Northbound driver pulled out to overtake, despite there being an overtaking lane about 3km further on.

Given this was a head-on in a 100km/h zone, I’m surprised there weren’t more fatalities, not that’s any kind of condolence to those who lost a loved one in this collision.

JC 8:12 am 10 Feb 13

goggles13 said :

cranky said :

Pure conjecture.

Mum and Ben were unlikely to have been in the Commodore. The airbags in the Commodore were pictured to have been deployed.

Almost inconceivable that the Mitsubishi was travelling at ‘high speed’ with Mum behind the wheel. I suspect the Commodore driver is in a shedload of strife.

My condolences.

condolences to the OP for their loss.

obviously one of the drivers made a mistake which resulted in a tragic accident.

however, there is more than one cause to this accident, and this is the poor design of the Barton Highway and other similar roads. given that there are limited opportunities to pass, people take risks when they are held up by slower cars.

How much longer do we have to put up with substandard roads? Its time for the Federal and State Governments to get serious about road design/safety and use the tax they take from petrol for its real purpose.

Indeed and near the Capricorn Stud, which is where I believe this accident happened is one such area where people do take risk. Entirely unneeded though because Canberra bound the border and the dual carriageway are not that far away and Yass bound an over taking lane is a few clicks away, but you see it time and again there.

wildturkeycanoe 7:57 am 10 Feb 13

goggles13 said :

cranky said :

Pure conjecture.

Mum and Ben were unlikely to have been in the Commodore. The airbags in the Commodore were pictured to have been deployed.

Almost inconceivable that the Mitsubishi was travelling at ‘high speed’ with Mum behind the wheel. I suspect the Commodore driver is in a shedload of strife.

My condolences.

condolences to the OP for their loss.

obviously one of the drivers made a mistake which resulted in a tragic accident.

however, there is more than one cause to this accident, and this is the poor design of the Barton Highway and other similar roads. given that there are limited opportunities to pass, people take risks when they are held up by slower cars.

How much longer do we have to put up with substandard roads? Its time for the Federal and State Governments to get serious about road design/safety and use the tax they take from petrol for its real purpose.

+1.
Death trap road caused by 2 issues. #1 – slow drivers [70-80km/h in 100km/h zone] being followed by a convoy of 20+ vehicles growing more impatient by the minute and #2 – only 3 or 4 places you can overtake these slow cars on a stretch of road almost 50km long, when you find a limited relief before succumbing to another slow driver. It’s not Barton Highway, it should be renamed Barton Road.

milkman 7:16 am 10 Feb 13

Very sad. Condolences indeed.

goggles13 7:04 am 10 Feb 13

cranky said :

Pure conjecture.

Mum and Ben were unlikely to have been in the Commodore. The airbags in the Commodore were pictured to have been deployed.

Almost inconceivable that the Mitsubishi was travelling at ‘high speed’ with Mum behind the wheel. I suspect the Commodore driver is in a shedload of strife.

My condolences.

condolences to the OP for their loss.

obviously one of the drivers made a mistake which resulted in a tragic accident.

however, there is more than one cause to this accident, and this is the poor design of the Barton Highway and other similar roads. given that there are limited opportunities to pass, people take risks when they are held up by slower cars.

How much longer do we have to put up with substandard roads? Its time for the Federal and State Governments to get serious about road design/safety and use the tax they take from petrol for its real purpose.

cranky 8:02 pm 09 Feb 13

Pure conjecture.

Mum and Ben were unlikely to have been in the Commodore. The airbags in the Commodore were pictured to have been deployed.

Almost inconceivable that the Mitsubishi was travelling at ‘high speed’ with Mum behind the wheel. I suspect the Commodore driver is in a shedload of strife.

My condolences.

dpm 6:52 am 09 Feb 13

GORILLA_SNAPPER said :

sadly this accident hits home to me. the occupants of one of the cars were family members. the young man who was air lifted to hospital tragically passed away on the operating table and his mother is currently on life support. ben was intellectually challenged, but was a sweet sweet man who will be sorely missed by his brother and sister and rest of the extended family. he was a gentle soul who loved his family. we are still to find the cause of the accident. suffice to say devastated does not begin to describe it.

take care of your family people, and please, please drive safe

Condolences 🙁

GORILLA_SNAPPER 11:33 pm 08 Feb 13

sadly this accident hits home to me. the occupants of one of the cars were family members. the young man who was air lifted to hospital tragically passed away on the operating table and his mother is currently on life support. ben was intellectually challenged, but was a sweet sweet man who will be sorely missed by his brother and sister and rest of the extended family. he was a gentle soul who loved his family. we are still to find the cause of the accident. suffice to say devastated does not begin to describe it.

take care of your family people, and please, please drive safe

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