2 October 2022

Kings Highway closed following fatal accident

| Kim Treasure
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Emergency services at the site of a crash near Bungendore this afternoon. Photo: Stephen Gray.

The Kings Highway is closed east of Bungendore after a fatal accident on the busy route earlier this afternoon, Sunday 2 October.

The accident happened at about 3:23 pm near Harrowfield Drive, east of Bungendore. The driver of one vehicle died at the scene while another was trapped when two cars collided on the main transport link between Canberra and the coast.

A passenger was released from the wreckage and airlifted to Canberra Hospital.

An investigation into the circumstances of the incident has commenced but no further information is available at this stage.

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Motorists are being told to expect major delays along the Kings Highway and should avoid the area.

Traffic came to a standstill after the accident but diversions are now in place.

Traffic has built up following a fatal accident near Bungendore. Photo: Stephen Gray.

Eastbound traffic is being diverted via Tarago Rd, Bungendore Rd and Goulburn St to Tarago, then Braidwood Rd and Goulburn Rd to Kings Hwy.

Westbound traffic is being diverted via Goulburn Rd and Braidwood Rd to Tarago, then Goulburn St, Bungendore Rd and Tarago Rd to Bungendore.

This route will add around 20 minutes to your journey.

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Fat Guts19718:42 am 06 Oct 22

People blame the road; it’s not the roads’ fault people don’t drive safely.

Its a dangerous road.
So many tailgaters, all pushing the limit to get their precious extra few minutes at the coast.

That’s not the road; that’s people. However, if you personally are being tailgated a lot, maybe you are driving under the speed limit. The car speedo often shows a higher speed than than you are actually doing. My GPS has shown me that.

I dislike tailgaters, and a car doesn’t even have to be ‘in your boot’ to be too close, as the car driver who once drove into the back of my car and wrote my car off, hopefully woke up to. A car in front of me suddenly stopped dead. I reacted quickly and avoided them, but the car behind slammed into my car. The car in front at fault, wasn’t damaged.

I got ‘revenge’ on one tailgater once, who was in a small workman’s truck. Never have I had another vehicle so close. Unbelievable and very scary! The most I will admit to, was that I definitely was not under the speed limit. (I have a GPS to check that.) I lightly touched the brakes and they panicked and threw their brakes on. I got the ‘enjoyment’ of seeing them in my rear window, zigzagging all over the road. I had to ‘unglue’ them from the back of my car, as it was impossible to put the breaks on hard with them stuck there. If I had done a serious brake, they would have driven right through my car, so had to scare them off, before this situation arose. So dangerous!

A very dangerous road. Potholes don’t help either

A decent rail service would save many lives.
RIP for those involved.

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