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CCTV captures crash at 'deadly' Warwick intersection

RESIDENTS have expressed their frustration at drivers who continue to disobey simple road rules at a busy Warwick intersection.

The corner of Wallace and Percy Sts is well known for crashes, with neighbouring resident John Russell estimating about 10 crashes per year.

"The amount of near misses, there is at least two to three per day," Mr Russell said.

"A lot of people cut the corner or don't give way," he said.

Long-time resident Shilo Novley said the danger became apparent after watching the intersection for only a short period of time.

"It is just all day, every day, but especially when school is out and people are impatient," Ms Novley said.

"It really needs a roundabout," she said.

"The intersection one block over had all this money spent with new signs and islands, then there was a crash there only two days later."

Warwick resident Lisa Chandler and her family were involved in a crash at the intersection after another driver failed to give way in 2012.

"The driver just went straight through," Mrs Chandler said.

She said the family dual-cab ute was a write-off after the incident.

"There must have been some pace for the amount of damage," she said.

Mrs Chandler frequently drives through the intersection and said drivers can have long waits at times.

"A lot of times it comes down to impatience," she said.

"It is a busy intersection with the Glennie Heights traffic, bacon factory workers and people coming from west Warwick down Short St to avoid the traffic lights."

BLACK SPOT: Warwick fire fighters inspect a badly damaged vehicle after an accident on the corner of Percy and Wallace Sts on Christmas Day.
BLACK SPOT: Warwick fire fighters inspect a badly damaged vehicle after an accident on the corner of Percy and Wallace Sts on Christmas Day. Samantha Oneil

Mrs Chandler said a roundabout would be ideal.

"It keeps the traffic flowing safely," she said.

"Is it going to have to come to a death before they do something about it?

"We did nothing wrong but it's taken us until now to get back to the vehicle we wanted."

Warwick police officer in charge Jamie Deacon said police attended at least six accidents in 2014.

A Southern Downs Regional Council spokeswoman said crash data supplied by the Department of Transport and Main Roads confirmed there had been "many" accidents at the intersection over the past five years.

She said the intersection had been included in a black spot submission.

"Every year (the) council submits to the Federal Government for funding to improve the safety of the road network under their black spot program," she said.

"If successful, works will include advanced signage, line marking and traffic islands.

Senior Sergeant Jamie Deacon said any crash at a clearly signed intersection was always someone's fault.

"It's carelessness; not driving with due care and caution," Snr Sgt Deacon said.

Topics:  death hazard intersection road traffic warwick



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