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Belconnen Way fatality

By johnboy - 13 March 2013 56

An elderly man has died following a two vehicle collision in Bruce earlier this morning (Wednesday, March 13).

Around 10.10am a blue Toyota Corolla Seca was travelling eastbound on Belconnen Way when it collided with a green Mitsubishi Lancer.

The elderly woman who was driving the blue Toyota Corolla Seca was taken to The Canberra Hospital suffering serious injuries, while the elderly man who was a passenger in the vehicle died.

ACT Police and Parademics officers performed CPR on the elderly man at the scene but he was unable to be revived.

The driver of the green Mitsubishi Lancer involved in the collision suffered minor injuries and was taken to Calvary Hospital.

ACT Policing’s Collision, Investigation and Reconstruction Team are investigating the cause of the collision, and preparing a report for the ACT Coroner.

The man is the second person to die on an ACT road this year.

Anyone who witnessed or rendered assistance in the two vehicle collision in Bruce this morning, and can assist police with their investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Belconnen Way fatality
TP 3000 7:56 pm 13 Mar 13

I’m not sure how you could change this intersection, but I’ve witnessed numerous times where traffic heading City bound think they can go when traffic turning right onto Gungahlin Drive get a green arrow. Around 50% of the time, people get through without encountering other cars, 49% the ones going through the red are abused by drivers trying to turn onto Gungahlin Drive (northbound). 1% of the time a bingle occurs, wether it be a rear ended from traffic waiting or like today.

Jim Jones 6:50 pm 13 Mar 13

bundah said :

This is a stupidly designed intersection no thanks to ACT Roads.What they should have done is designed it so that the distance across the Belconnen Way stretch was some 10-15 metres shorter than it currently is.This obviously would’ve reduced the time taken to traverse the length of the intersection thereby reducing the perception that one is likely to run a red light for it takes an eternity to get through the intersection.

People are running red lights and you blame the road? WTF?

milkman 6:42 pm 13 Mar 13

c_c™ said :

DrKoresh said :

johnboy said :

It was under the GDE. All the glass under the northern side.

That whole area is a giant cluster-f**k of intersections, I’m surprised there haven’t been more accidents there.

Get real. That intersection is massive, a very safe one. Absolutely no way this could have happened unless one of the drivers was negligent or reckless.

Exactly – this was a fck-up, not an accident.

dtc 6:26 pm 13 Mar 13

The intersection is a bit confusing given that you can go multiple ways and there are lines everywhere. But I’m not sure its dangerous given its all controlled by lights

c_c™ 6:04 pm 13 Mar 13

DrKoresh said :

johnboy said :

It was under the GDE. All the glass under the northern side.

That whole area is a giant cluster-f**k of intersections, I’m surprised there haven’t been more accidents there.

Get real. That intersection is massive, a very safe one. Absolutely no way this could have happened unless one of the drivers was negligent or reckless.

bundah 5:43 pm 13 Mar 13

This is a stupidly designed intersection no thanks to ACT Roads.What they should have done is designed it so that the distance across the Belconnen Way stretch was some 10-15 metres shorter than it currently is.This obviously would’ve reduced the time taken to traverse the length of the intersection thereby reducing the perception that one is likely to run a red light for it takes an eternity to get through the intersection.

Reprobate 4:48 pm 13 Mar 13

It does increasingly seem that red lights at any intersection in Canberra without a camera are considered a suggestion only. Ironically, the worst place for red light runners I’ve encountered is the intersection between the Tuggeranong police station and Homeworld…

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 4:40 pm 13 Mar 13

Why not just install red light cameras at every single traffic lights in Canberra? Pretty much problem solved right there. Mully and the likes wouldn’t bother but I’m pretty sure it would stop the majority of bell ends who run red lights.

Jim Jones 4:27 pm 13 Mar 13

bd84 said :

Red lights are now considered optional in this city based on my observations. Not only the people trying to sneak through on the amber light, there’s now widespread red light before entering intersection a flooring it through.

The intersection this accident was at is notorious for it, with at least 2 cars running the red at each change (both heading straight and turning) and trying to get through the massive intersection. Adding extra time for the green change appears to be their solution instead of enforcing it, today is the day that it was eventually going to come undone I guess.

Yeah, the red light running at that intersection is just appalling. Not sure if that had anything to do with the accident (at 10am you wouldn’t think so, peak hour is over), but it should definitely be addressed.

Red light camera would strike me as a better solution than extending the gap between red and green lights.

Why give people more time to run a red when you can put a stop to the practice so easily. It’s not the intersection that’s to blame, it’s the f$#ers running red lights.

DrKoresh 3:59 pm 13 Mar 13

johnboy said :

It was under the GDE. All the glass under the northern side.

That whole area is a giant cluster-f**k of intersections, I’m surprised there haven’t been more accidents there.

johnboy 3:56 pm 13 Mar 13

It was under the GDE. All the glass under the northern side.

dpm 3:51 pm 13 Mar 13

Which intersection was it?

Madam Cholet 3:42 pm 13 Mar 13

From bd84’s post it seems as if this happened at an intersection. Not knowing the actual circumstances or the area, i cant say if it was a red light running inident, but thoroughly agree that many drivers in this town seem utterly oblivious to the fact that when their light turns red, it means the others are about to turn green. Most people on seeing an amber light put their foot down to get through regardless of the time they have before it goes.

Monsieur Cholet told me just last week that with young Master Cholet in the back of our car, he went to set off across the large intersection near the airport as you turn off the Monaro – his light having turned green. Good thing that he had his wits about him as a car coming from the city shot through a red light in front of him. I remarked that this was in no way unusual in this town, but must admit that the thought of my son being in the car when this happened made my stomach turn.

It’s no way to lose someone you love and I offer my sympathies to the families involved here.

peitab 3:34 pm 13 Mar 13

The number of serious near misses I’ve seen at this insection is amazing – unfortunately it was only a matter of time before this happened. Is there a better way to design this intersection?

bd84 3:14 pm 13 Mar 13

Red lights are now considered optional in this city based on my observations. Not only the people trying to sneak through on the amber light, there’s now widespread red light before entering intersection a flooring it through.

The intersection this accident was at is notorious for it, with at least 2 cars running the red at each change (both heading straight and turning) and trying to get through the massive intersection. Adding extra time for the green change appears to be their solution instead of enforcing it, today is the day that it was eventually going to come undone I guess.

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