South Burnett Times office manager, Sharon Jones, was struck by a car on the Haly St pedestrian crossing yesterday.
South Burnett Times office manager, Sharon Jones, was struck by a car on the Haly St pedestrian crossing yesterday. Christian Berechree

Another pedestrian hit

A WOMAN has narrowly avoided serious injury after she was hit on the Haly St pedestrian crossing.

South Burnett Times office manager, Sharon Jones, was crossing the road after work just after 5pm last night, August 15.

She said she looked left and saw a ute approaching, appearing to slow down to a stop.

Mrs Jones started to cross and reached the centre of the road before realising the driver of the ute had not seen her and was not stopping.

The car struck her left side and she put her hand on the bonnet as a reflex.

Mrs Jones knows the incident could have been much worse and she escaped relatively unscathed, waking this morning with pain in her left shoulder.

She wanted to raise awareness of the dangerous crossing, which has been the site of several pedestrian incidents, most recently when our journalist, Madeline Grace, was hit and seriously injured in April.

Mrs Jones said the crossing should be raised to make pedestrians more visible, especially when the afternoon sun hits drivers in the eyes, which she said happened yesterday.

Mrs Jones said she also had a near miss on the crossing about a year ago, when she had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.

Officials have called for the crossing to be addressed, including Nanango MP Deb Frecklington, who wrote to the Department of Transport and Main Roads, suggesting a roundabout be constructed.

The suggestion was knocked back, with the department saying building a roundabout would require it to purchase and demolish a number of commercial properties in order to make room at the intersection.

"It is upsetting that there continues to be accidents and near-misses on the Haly St pedestrian crossing," Ms Frecklington said.

South Burnett


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