Crash prompts renewed call to seal road
UPDATE 5pm: A SINGLE-CAR rollover on an unsealed section of Batchlers Rd is just another reason why it should be bituminised - according to a resident who lives on the North Bundaberg road.
About 8.30am Wednesday emergency services were called the crash. A mum and her daughter were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Julie Myers said she'd approached Bundaberg Regional Council about sealing the section of Batchlers Rd in front of her property, and Wednesday's rollover was the second in a month.
"Batchlers Rd's always been a problem. Apart from the hooning...it's been graded a week ago and it's left it with big mounds of gravel. That's what the lady has got in trouble with," Ms Myers said.
"My daughter called me and said something's happened. We looked out and the lady had climbed out of the car - luckily.
"The car was still going in the cane so we ran down here just to check she was alright. She had a couple of injuries but she got out alright with her daughter.
"She's got into that loose gravel and lost control of the car...she is very lucky."
Ms Myers said she hoped the crash would prompt the council to look at sealing the road.
"This is the second rollover in a month," she said.
"Apart from the dirt and the flooding, we've tried to get it bituminised. Hopefully this may help the council think about it because it's only probably a kilometre that hasn't got bitumen.
"The council works a lot on this road, we call them all the time. They grade it; they do the rolling of it. It's only a little bit extra to put the bitumen on top."
"A lot of traffic uses this road. We have all the schools mums - which this lady was - to get children to school.
"We have the backpackers start very early in the morning from 5am.
"It's a cut off road to get to Moore Park Rd and miss the Mt Perry Rd, so it's used a lot."
But another resident in the area said people simply don't drive to the conditions and travel too fast along the road.
Council's roads and drainage spokesman Wayne Honor said Batchlers Rd had been assessed before this most recent accident and its priority for bitumen sealing was relatively low.
"However, in light of this accident, I will request through the CEO that staff again inspect the road for possible defects," he said.
Cr Honor said the council currently had more than1000kms of unsealed constructed roads which were regularly maintained but for which many requests are received for upgrading to bitumen standard.
"There are many factors that are considered in assessing priorities as to when a gravel road should be sealed. Traffic safety and crash history are just one of the factors taken into consideration. The unsealed section of Batchlers Rd is a straight section with no particular safety issues, other than being a gravel road," he said.
EARLIER: TWO people have been taken to Bundaberg Hospital with minor injuries after a single-car rollover at Batchlers Rd, North Bundaberg.
The crash happened on an unsealed section of the road at about 8.30am Wednesday.
The car ended up on its side on the edge of a cane field, with both the driver and passenger able to get out of the car before emergency services arrived.
The two occupants of the car, a mum and her child, were treated for minor injured and transported to hospital in a stable condition.
More to come.