Rain accidents put skids under caution
By ADAM WRATTEN
TWO accidents 50 metres apart caused traffic chaos on the Capri- corn Highway near the Yeppen roundabout, Rockhampton, yesterday morning.
For Senior Constable Garry Munro and Constable Scott O'Donovan the smashes were part of a busy start to a wet day's work.
"As soon as it looks like rain, you start thinking about how many accidents are coming,'' Se- nior Constable Munro, a member of the Rockhampton Traffic Branch, said.
Yesterday's collisions happened about 400m north of the round- about heading towards Grace- mere. They caused major disruptions for motorists with delays of several minutes and traffic banked up for hundreds of metres. The crashes both happened about 8.30am.
Police were attending the first when the second happened about 50m up the road.
"No-one was injured in either accident,'' Senior Constable Mun- ro said. "Both involved a car going into the back of another.
"In the first one, there was not much damage and the drivers were required to exchange numbers.
"In the other accident, the dam- age to the vehicles was moderate, with both vehicles having to be towed.''
Police had to close both lanes of the highway for a short time dur- ing the clean-up.
Senior Constable Munro said drivers should be cautious. "Your braking distance in the wet increases.
"People need to drive to the conditions, it's a matter of slow- ing down.