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Man dies in Hughes crash

By Thumper - 30 June 2008 40

The Canberra Times is reporting that a man has died in a car accident in Canberra overnight. ACT police said the accident involved one car and occurred about 3.30am on Yarra Glen road in the inner-southern suburb of Hughes.

The car left the road and collided with a tree on the median strip

[Ed. Time to panic people. This is obviously a sign that we need more speed camera’s]

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Man dies in Hughes crash
The cat did it 10:50 pm 30 Jun 08

Felix’s comment about the NT might be relevant if the increase in road toll was due to an increase in the number of accidents on the previously unrestricted highways, but there’s no evidence of that. Eg. the most recent fatalities in NT were in Darwin (non-seatbelt wearing girl wraps Fiesta around steel electricity pole in 80k zone; 21 year old soldier hits steel pole and cuts car in two while doing 100k in suburbs) and on Tanami Highway (a dirt road) when a landcruiser hit a camel- two killed. given the NT’s small population and small number of accidents, is doesn’t take much of a fluctuation in road death numbers to look like an alarming percentage increase.

That said, I also hang out for the Federal Highway and its undulations.

Thumper 10:05 pm 30 Jun 08

I reiterate Duke’s comments.

Felix the Cat 9:59 pm 30 Jun 08

ant said :

Enabling people to drive FASTER would fix the problem of people falling asleep at the wheel.

Agree. Driving to Sydney on the freeway at 110km/h is mind numbingly boring and I have nearly nodded off several times. on the way back I hang out for the Federal Hwy with it’s corners and slightly bumpy surface, it keeps me alert and adds a little fun to an otherwise boring trip.

There was some statistic in the news the other day that said since the Northern Territory introduced a maximum speed limit of 130km/h the road toll is up by 35.7 per cent and the number of fatal road crashes is up 28.6 per cent.

RuffnReady 9:46 pm 30 Jun 08

lux said :

[Ed. Time to panic people. This is obviously a sign that we need more speed camera’s]

Obviously a sign that we need another thread complaining about the incorrect use of apostrophes.

Beat me to it.

Sounds like a sleeper, although suicide would also make sense given the speed.

I, too, remember the days the cops used to hide there.

ant 9:43 pm 30 Jun 08

Enabling people to drive FASTER would fix the problem of people falling asleep at the wheel. They’ll never do it though. Maybe he was having a fang, and discovered that Lancers aren’t designed to go above a certain speed. Back when I was young and hoonish, I discovered the falcon ute’s terminal velocity (at which point the suspension and steering became a bit too lively) on that road. Luckily nothing bad happened.

Duke 9:17 pm 30 Jun 08

Here’s a shot in the dark; Some authority will find a way of blaming the tree and call for it to be chopped down, all 100 years of it, turn it into garden mulch.

Either that and/or turning a 6 Lane avenue into a 50KM zone.

Felix the Cat 9:14 pm 30 Jun 08

We don’t know the official cause of the accident yet. WIN News have speculated that the driver fell asleep (quite possible at 3.30am) but how you prove that is beyond me, but I’m not a CSI so it may well be possible. Speed may of been a factor as could of mechanical defect in the car. How about we let the cops investigate it before we give our armchair analysis of it.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 9:05 pm 30 Jun 08

Be interesting to see whether anyone in authority in Canberra suggests an effective treatment for avoiding this type of accident.

lux 8:16 pm 30 Jun 08

[Ed. Time to panic people. This is obviously a sign that we need more speed camera’s]

Obviously a sign that we need another thread complaining about the incorrect use of apostrophes.

Pesty 8:01 pm 30 Jun 08

someone’s loved one though, terrible shame however it happened.

bigred 7:54 pm 30 Jun 08

… but if he was driving a WRX all would have been fine.

Pandy 6:49 pm 30 Jun 08

Fell asleep so said WIN.

cranky 6:08 pm 30 Jun 08

Suicide?

Duke 5:58 pm 30 Jun 08

meant to say it was hard to tell it was a Lancer because the crash was so bad.

Duke 5:57 pm 30 Jun 08

I passed this accident early this morning. It was on Adelaide Avenue heading towards Woden, just before the Curtin/Hughes overpass. The car slammed that big historic tree just before the overpass (the one the cops used to hide behind). Apparently it was hard to tell since it hit with such speed.

Bizarre. At 5am it was cold but dry, good visibility/no fog and that part of Adelaide Avenue is dead straightand well lit. Poor guy fell asleep by the look of it but he must have been speeding to hit with such force.

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