'Does someone have to die?' Call to fix notorious black spot
IT'S been almost 10 years since the council last upgraded a Gladstone intersection that many residents describe as a fatal accident waiting to happen.
The corner of Tank St and Glenlyon Rd is a notorious black spot and it has again come under fire after Gladstone woman Rosemary Ross was injured in a car accident there on Thursday afternoon.
Mrs Ross was travelling along Tank St when the Commodore sedan she was driving collided with a car turning right onto Glenlyon Rd.
Mrs Ross, who had pre-existing medical and spinal issues, has been bed ridden since the accident and is waiting to find out whether she has any long-term injuries.
Mrs Ross's husband Brian said the council needs to take action and fix the intersection.
Reports indicate there have been at least 40 accidents at the intersection in the past 12 years but the Department of Transport and Main Roads had yesterday not responded to a Gladstone Observer request for official figures.
Council said federal government funding had been secured to upgrade the intersection with line marking for a right-turn lane for cars travelling east on Tank St and turning south onto Glenlyon Rd to be installed.
The left-turn lane from Glenlyon Rd heading south was added in 2006. Cars turning right however have to give way to oncoming traffic.
Mr Ross said the council should install new lights with a dedicated green arrow.
"Just a month ago I saw a similar incident at that same intersection," Mr Ross said.
"With the amount of accidents there, when does it become a priority and why aren't the council telling us about how dangerous it is?
"They must have access to the figures. Why haven't they already done something?"
The Observer has reported on at least one accident at the intersection in four of the past five months.
Council said the latest upgrade, which will include an asphalt overlay is expected to be complete before July.
But Mr Ross says it's not enough.
"We all know how dangerous it is. Does someone have to die before they will put new lights in?" he said.
"Three people I have spoken to since the accident say they avoid the intersection altogether.
"The council should also be warning people about the danger."