Percy St tragedy waiting to happen
YESTERDAY for the fourth time in four years Warwick retiree Timothy Boulton found himself a reluctant witness to a Percy Street car accident.
Frustrated by the repetitive trauma and alarmed by the near misses, the local resident is now calling for a roundabout at the intersection of Percy and Canning streets.
“Does someone have to die here before authorities take preventative action?” Mr Boulton asked, pointing out the skid marks in front of his home.
Two drivers were taken to Warwick Hospital by ambulance about 9.30am yesterday after a collision on the corner of Percy and Canning streets.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the two drivers were admitted for observation after receiving minor injuries in the crash.
But the metal-screeching start to the morning brought Mr Boulton’s house painting to a standstill and prompted the normally quietly-spoken resident to raise questions about road safety.
“Last year there was an older bloke who collided with a garbage truck at this intersection,” he said, listing the accidents he has witnessed.
“Before that a young woman with a baby and young child had a collision here.
“And there was another one before that and there have been countless near misses.”
Mr Boulton said both Percy and Canning streets were increasingly well-used connections to East Warwick and the city’s industrial area.
“There are always brake marks, skids in front of my house and in the past my front patio has become the ambulance station,” he said.
“I’ve seen so many near misses that I’ve even been down to the police station to ask what they can do about it.
“I really believe council should look at putting in a roundabout here.
“Unless some preventative measures are taken something really bad is going to happen.
“WILL it take a death to make the authorities take notice?” he asked.
Yesterday as Mr Boulton picked up accident debris, which was scattered 20 metres along the footpath, he called for action.
“Something needs to happen; I don’t want to witness a fatality from my front lawn,” he said.
A Southern Downs Regional Council spokeswoman advised it would be possible to put a roundabout at the Percy/Canning Street intersection as part of the council and Department of Main Roads Capital Works Budget.
“There is an existing request for the Grafton/Wantley Street intersection to receive a roundabout due to a history of accidents there,” the spokeswoman said.
Council also advised the cost of installing a roundabout was in the vicinity of $100,000 which included landscaping and lighting.
A Warwick Police spokesman said they were still investigating yesterday’s collision at the intersection.
Meanwhile, another crash which happened on Percy Street at the Acacia Avenue intersection just before 2.40am Sunday has resulted in a 25-year-old Warwick man facing the Magistrates Court next month.
A Warwick Police spokesman said the 25-year-old Warwick man involved in the crash was arrested and charged with dangerous driving, drink driving, disqualified driving, driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, having false number plates and failing to wear a seatbelt.
He was released on bail and is due to appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court in June.
The accident also caused a minor delay for the Warwick Ambulance Station also on Percy Street, when the driver crashed the car into a power pole causing a blackout.
Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Assistant Commissioner South-Western Region Gavin Trembath said the crash caused a loss of electricity supply to the local area.
“This power interruption delayed a crew responding from the nearby Warwick Ambulance Station,” Mr Trembath said.
“Due to the inability of the station’s emergency generator to operate the station’s door, staff had to manually open the doors and then close them to ensure the station’s security. Corrective actions to prevent a recurrence of the problem were taken immediately.”
Mr Trembath said four paramedics responded to the incident with the first on scene at 2.49am.
“Paramedics transported two patients to the Warwick Hospital,” he said.
Emergency services also attended to a car that ran off the Cunningham Highway about 1pm yesterday.
A Warwick Police spokesman said the young female driver was uninjured when her car veered off the road near Batterham Street.