Tuesday, June 19, 2012

On the Scene of the Flipped Truck at Moore St

By Scott

Last night I was walking home from work along Moore Street when I arrived only minutes after a container trucked rolled at the pedestrian crossing at Ballarat Road.

The container truck carrying a 40 foot container rolled on its side landing on the footpath of Moore Street and across the pedestrian crossing at the intersection when turning from Ballarat Rd. The incident occurred because the drive was trying to avoid a car that was making the same turn at the same time on his inside. The intersection has two turning lanes, but is not designed for trucks of this size, they require both lanes to complete the turn safely.

When the truck rolled, it collided with a power pole bringing down live lines over the truck and the road. The driver was trapped in the cabin for some time as live wires sparked around the truck. Once the area was made safe by emergency services the driver was freed from the truck uninjured but shaken.

When I spoke with the driver he said that he did not like having to drive these size trucks on residential streets, but this route (Moore Street) is what VicRoads advise they use. Another driver at the incident said they would prefer to use the toll roads but can’t afford to pay the $25 a day pass, (approx $750 per month). Other drivers at the scene said it was only a matter of time before someone is serious injured or killed. Especially considering that there is no industry on Moore Street, it is all residential. With over 4000 trucks movements a day its only a matter of time before there is a fatality. Trucks of this size should not be on residential streets.

Semi Trailer Flips and Causes Peak Hour Mayhem

A semi trailer has flipped whilst turning into Moore St just before midgnight last night. Although the truck was removed by peak hour, it took out a power poles which has closed the street and caused peak hour chaos. Power was still not restored to the surrounding block by 10.20am

We are unaware if the driver suffered any injuries, but thankfully no body else was reported injured.. if  pedestrians had been there at the time, it could have been a horrible story. This accident highlights that Moore St was never designed for the amounts of trucks that run down it, and with 2,500 trucks going down there each day, it is only a matter of time for something worse happens.

See the short snippet in the Age

photo via Janet Rice

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Diesel exhaust fumes carcinogenic: WHO

An article in the ABC news online talks about the risks around diesel and cancer.

EMILY BOURKE: It's long been suspected that diesel causes cancer, now it's official.
See it all here