Another crash where wire rope barriers fail to protect oncoming traffic. This time in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria. How many people have to die before road authorities admit their deadly mistake.
At Yatala near Brisbane on July 24, 2006, a female driver died, 8 other car occupants went to hospital and 6 cars were destroyed in a similar crash to this Latrobe Valley crash.
Check the Gold Coast Bulletin and the Brisbane Courier Mail. The RACQ went on the TV news calling for wire rope barriers to be replaced with stronger barriers. The manufacturers told reporters that wire rope barriers were not designed to stop larger vehicles.
In a 2008 crash, a car crossed a wire rope barrier at Doveton on the Monash Freeway near Melbourne and ploughed intro oncoming traffic. Miraculously, no one died.
At least 7 motorcyclists have died at Australian wire rope barrier sites this decade.
New 3 strand wire rope barriers on the new Eastlink toll road do not even meet VicRoads safety standards, let alone European safety standards.
Some EU countries have banned wire rope barriers.
VicRoads knows the dangers associated with wire rope barriers.
By Damien Codognotto OAM