A CRASH last Friday occurred on the same stretch of road that a Broadwater resident warned was an ‘accident waiting to happen’.
The Mail reported last month about a stretch of Bussell Highway near the Jean Street intersection that local resident Rick Daniels said had been neglected by authorities.
“The main issue is the speed of the vehicles and the safety aspect,” he said at the time.
“It’s only a matter of time before someone is bowled over, it’s inevitable.”
Last Friday’s accident occurred around 9am when a car ran into the back of a City of Busselton rubbish truck, causing the female car driver to be hospitalised.
“When the roads are wet, you don’t hear the squeal of tyres,” Rick said in response to the incident.
“I went out the front and there was already a shire truck and front-end loader there.
“I’d suggest it was either speed or driver inattention, although I know it’s hard to say and I’m speculating.”
Rick said he had spoken to police Senior Sergeant Steve Principe, and a speed camera had been placed in the area on June 13 as a result.
Snr Sgt Principe said this week there had been less than a one percent “hit rate” of speeding drivers from the camera, which had led him to believe it was not a problem area for speeding, with some other areas catching up to 20 per cent of drivers.
He planned to use a speed camera there again in future to get further information about the area.
Rick said he would continue to fight for an improvement to the road.
“My next step is going to be a petition,” he said.
“Not much will change until the area is redeveloped.”