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Call for speed limit to be lowered after fatal crash

TRIBUTE: Flowers left at the scene of last week’s fatal crash site on the Rosewood-Laidley Road near Grandchester. Local residents are asking for the speed limit along the road to be lowered.
TRIBUTE: Flowers left at the scene of last week’s fatal crash site on the Rosewood-Laidley Road near Grandchester. Local residents are asking for the speed limit along the road to be lowered. David Nielsen

LOCKYER Valley residents have called for the speed limit to be lowered along Rosewood-Laidley Rd after a crash that killed two people.

Bradley Smith, 50, was driving along the road with his 12-year-old daughter Ebonnie when the vehicle veered off the road and smashed into a tree about 4pm Friday.

The Grandchester dad was killed instantly.

His daughter was transported to hospital and died the following night.

A Laidley resident, who wished to be only identified as Greg, lives near the scene of the single- vehicle crash and said car accidents along Rosewood- Laidley Rd were tragically common.

The 64-year-old said in the past six months at least several people had been killed in car crashes while travelling on the road.

The speed limit for the road is currently 100kmh but Greg said he would like to see that limit lowered to at least 80kmh to make things safer.

Grandchester 69-year-old Jeanette McDonald said she regularly drove down Rosewood- Laidley Rd and shared Greg's views.

"The road is quite narrow, with bends in the road that make it hard to see approaching cars," she said.

"There have been so many accidents along Rosewood- Laidley Rd over the years.

"Ideally the road needs to be widened, more guard rails need to be put up and the speed limit needs to be lowered to make it safe."

Lockyer MP Ian Rickuss said Main Roads had undertaken reviews of Rosewood-Laidley Rd in the past and some measures had already been put in place to improve safety.

Mr Rickuss said the reviews were done to ensure the road met Australian Standards.

Mr Rickuss said while the road had a speed limit of 100kmh, certain bends in the road had hazard markers and speed advisory signs to slow down to 80kmh.

"It is definitely an issue that could be looked into though," Mr Rickuss said on having the speed limit lowered.

"I am more than happy to have the road reviewed by Main Roads again.

"The unfortunate reality however, is that many of these crashes are the result of driver error."

 

Topics:  fatal traffic crash laidley rosewood-laidley rd



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