‘Fix this deadly road'
RESIDENTS of Lake Clarendon are asking if it's too little too late with the Lockyer Valley Regional Council (LVRC) changing road signage after another serious incident on a notorious stretch of road on Friday.
As reported on the Gatton Star website on Friday, a 40-year-old woman was airlifted to Brisbane in the latest incident involving two vehicles on the corner of Lake Clarendon Way and Main Green Swamp Rd.
Now residents have had enough of what they say is council inaction to fix the problem.
Patti Nomchong lives on the corner of the intersection and was distressed at witnessing the latest incident, calling on the council to do something before another incident occurs.
"The trucks use this as a racetrack. I'm frightened I'm going to end up with a truck in my bed," Ms Nomchong said.
She has lived in the house for three years and has witnessed many close calls but the latest incident had upset her after tending to the injured woman in the crash until emergency services arrived at the scene.
"I heard the bang and saw the two vehicles tangled together," she said.
"I went out and held her hand before returning to my house to dial 000. I've had nightmares since.
"It's not when, it's if, until we see somebody in a body bag."
Ms Nomchong said the driver of the other vehicle was in shock but praised his actions in removing the injured driver from her car as the engine caught fire.
"He got her out of the car and then another person put the fire out with an extinguisher," she said.
The other driver in the incident, Dean Taylor, called the signage on the corner into question and said he was "devastated" by the incident.
"I thought I was on just a straight section of road and didn't see the white ute until I was on it," Mr Taylor said.
The council changed the sign on the corner from a give way sign to a stop sign within two days of the incident, angering another resident who has also witnessed crashes, including one recently highlighted by the Gatton Star where a utility crashed through a fence on her family property.
Sandy George lives on the property with her husband Mark and her three sons, all under 11 years old, and said she was angry at what she saw as council inaction.
She is terrified something may happen not only to her own family but people who live in the district as well.
"It's Russian roulette out there," Ms George said.
"They [LVRC] keep telling me to write letters, which I do, and then we hear nothing more.
"Being a small community, I'd hate to think it's (a fatality) someone we know."
Ms George said she had also removed her cattle and horses from the paddock near the road concerned for their safety, as there had been nine incidents in the seven years she has lived there and called on the council to fix the problem.
Both residents said the problem would only be exacerbated should the new airport go ahead in the district.
In reply, Mayor Steve Jones said he would take action to investigate if there had been a lack of action from any officer within council and would place the matter in the hands of the CEO.
"There hasn't been a report put to council at a meeting," Cr Jones said.
"I want to see a full report from my officers, including details of all correspondence received."