A TWO vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Foster Road and the South Gippsland Highway, Foster on Sunday June 10 at approximately 3.30pm.
A white Holden ute turning from Foster Road onto the highway in an easterly direction towards Toora, collided with a white Holden Commodore station wagon which was travelling along the highway in a westerly direction from Toora to Meeniyan.
The driver of the station wagon, a male from Toora, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, for treatment.
The male and female occupants of the ute were transferred by ambulance to Leongatha Hospital.
The highway was blocked for approximately 2 ½ hours and diversions were put in place. Police from the Foster, Meeniyan and Wonthaggi Traffic Management units attended the scene. Also present were CFA units of Fish Creek and Foster.
Investigations are continuing into the cause of the accident.
“Foster Police are disappointed in the number of collisions at this intersection at which there have been three or four in the last two years,” Sergeant Neil Coates said.
Two years ago an on-site meeting was held between Sgt Coates and VicRoads representatives, during which measures were to discussed to improve the intersection with a view to preventing further collisions.
“This intersection is a designated Black Spot intersection and measures that were discussed included an extension of the run-off lane for traffic turning into Foster Road and an extension of the run-off lane for vehicles travelling in an easterly direction, turning from the South Gippsland Highway into Foster Road,” Sergeant Coates said.
“Other measures discussed were the placement of rumble strips leading up to the Give Way sign at the highway and the possible reduction of vegetation beside the highway – visible when looking toward Toora.
“I will be contacting VicRoads on Tuesday to get some answers as to where we are with changes to this intersection,” Sgt Coates said.