Call to upgrade intersection

NAVIGATING four traffic lanes on one of the state’s major highways has resulted in two smashes – one involving a pregnant woman and the other a motorcyclist – during a 14-hour period has prompted calls for traffic lights at the corner of Albion and Victoria streets.

The pregnant woman was taken to Warwick Hospital after her Holden sedan collided with a Ford ute about 5.45pm Wednesday.

A Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) spokesman said the pregnant woman was “hit in the stomach and was taken to Warwick Hospital for observation”.

A Warwick Police spokesman said it appeared one of the vehicles had failed to give way at the intersection.

The second traffic incident occurred at 10.10am yesterday when the motorcyclist and car collided, just 14 hours after the pregnant woman was hospitalised.

During the second incident, a passing ambulance saw the collision between a motorcyclist and car.

“They were just driving past and saw it (the collision),” the QAS spokesman said.

“No one was transported to hospital.”

Warwick and District Community Road Safety Group deputy chairman Graham Buchner said the incidents highlighted the need to up-grade the stop sign at the intersection.

“We need to get traffic lights there,” Mr Buchner said.

“The cars travelling along Albion Street (Cunningham Highway) come up on you before you know where you are.

“It can be quite scary and you can sit there a long time.”

A Main Roads spokesman said department records indicated there had been six crashes at the intersection from 2002 to 2008 and there were no plans to upgrade the intersection in the near future.

“Crash data for the intersection for the past year is unavailable as crash data for Queensland for 2009 and 2010 has not been finalised,” the spokesman said.

“This is due to the introduction of a new system and the time it takes for police to complete crash investigations, finalise reports, and collect additional information from other sources such as the coroner, pathologist and government medical laboratory.

“There are no immediate plans to install traffic signals at the intersection of Albion and Victoria streets.

“The installation of traffic signals would be subject to federal funding as Albion Street, Cunningham Highway, is part of the National Highway Network.

“No funding is available in current programs.”

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