Three injured at ‘death trap’ junction

A black SUV involved in the crash at Chapel Road and Dandenong Bypass on 17 August. 196867_02 Picture: GARY SISSONS

By Cam Lucadou-Wells

Three people have been hospitalised after a two-vehicle crash at a “death trap” intersection in Keysborough on Saturday 17 August.

Paramedics were called to treat two women and a primary-school-aged girl with “minor injuries” at the corner of Chapel Road and Dandenong Bypass about 10.20pm, an Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said.

The girl and a woman in her 40s were taken by ambulance to Monash Medical Centre, a woman in her 30s was transported to Dandenong Hospital.

A white Toyota Tarago and a black SUV sustained front-on damage, and a pedestrian-crossing sign was felled during the crash.

In June, Greater Dandenong councillor Tim Dark labelled two Dandenong Bypass intersections at Chapel Road and Perry Road as a “real death trap”.

He said Keysborough CFA had been called out to 10 crashes in recent times.

There was a dangerous mix of drivers, some reportedly speeding well above the bypass’s 80km/h speed limit and some running the traffic lights, he said.

Greater Dandenong Council will lobby the State Government for safety measures such as a red-light speed camera at the intersections.

In June, a roadside warning sign with flashing orange lights was installed on the bypass. It warns of a ‘High Risk Area. Police Enforcing Speed’.

According to VicRoads, there have been four serious injury crashes at the Chapel Road junction in the five years up to 30 June 2018.

In the same period, there have been three serious injury crashes at the Perry Road intersection.

VicRoads was set to raise both locations for consideration for road safety cameras at its next meeting with the Department of Justice and Community Safety.


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