POLICE are still investigating the cause of an accident near the main roundabout at Inverloch last Monday night, June 23 at approximately 11pm.
Police, CFA crews from Inverloch and Pound Creek, SES and ambulance turned out at the accident on the Bass Highway in which a 54 year old Leongatha woman, travelling south in the direction of Inverloch, lost control of her car and rolled it into a ditch.
The incident occurred on the Leongatha approach to the new roundabout at the intersection of Bass Highway, Williams Street and Inverloch-Venus Bay Road, just before the start of the concrete median strip leading up to the roundabout.
The woman was trapped in her upturned car for more than half an hour while rescue crews worked to release her.
She was taken by road ambulance to the West Gippsland Hospital at Warragul with non-life threatening injuries.
Police are pursuing several lines of investigation including reports that a second car may have been involved and whether alcohol was a factor.
It has also been claimed that the lack of lighting at one of two new roundabouts in the area may also have been a contributing factor.
Police said the woman claimed she swerved to miss one of the signs leading up to the new roundabout.
Feedback on the ‘Sentinel-Times’ Facebook page, on the night of the crash, indicated a general concern in the community about the lack of lighting at the new roundabouts.
This has since been rectified by Vicroads with temporary lighting erected the day after the accident.
• Rachael Zappa: Hope she is ok, re new roundabouts, they are great BUT at night, HUGE hazard without any lights, surely portable lighting should of been up from the start.
• Naomi Power: I saw this last night as I live right near the roundabout. At the moment it is hazardous as there are no lights to warn ppl that the roundabout is there.
• Barb Miller: Definitely needs lights. So dangerous. Hope the person in the accident is ok.
• Jolanda Violet: Not surprised, it’s about time they turned on the power to the new street lights at the new roundabouts. It’s very dark and hazardous!
• Sue Ward: that roundabout is an accident waiting to happen.
Since the accident, and after most of these comments were posted, Vicroads has added temporary lighting although they have declined to make the connection.
“As the project at Inverloch was finishing, the team working on it was considering whether temporary lighting was required as an additional safety measure to the temporary 40km/h reduced speed zone, until the permanent street lights are switched on,” said Regional Director Scott Lawrence when asked about the timing of the lighting following the accident.
“VicRoads contractors installed the temporary streetlights on both roundabouts on Tuesday,” he said.
“VicRoads has discussed the circumstances of the recent crash in the area with police, which occurred in the section of road with a reduced speed limit of 40km/h, and understands that they are investigating the incident.
“We expect that the power supply company will connect power to the permanent street lights in the next two to three weeks.”