AN accident near the Gills Creek bridge in Helensburgh last Friday night has led Ward 1 councillor Greg Petty to call for road widening at the narrow crossing.
Cr Petty said the bridge was not wide enough for two cars to pass safely and drivers tended to give way to oncoming traffic. “It’s a fatality waiting to happen,” he said.
Four teenage girls from Stanwell Park were travelling north and had successfully travelled across the bridge but veered to the left as a south-bound vehicle approached, according to Sergeant Lawrie Drury from Helensburgh Police.
“They’ve gone to the left to allow the other car more room and when the driver’s tried to correct, she’s lost control and slid into the bushes,” Sgt Drury said.
No-one was injured in the incident, which occurred around 10pm on Friday night, however the car was written off.
Sgt Drury said Police did not regard the crossing as a black spot and no accidents had happened there during his tenure.
“Everyone knows about it and they drive to the conditions to avoid incidents,” he said.
However Cr Petty said he had been concerned about the creek crossing for some time."This is the fourth serious accident in 11 years on this stretch of road," he said.
“Together with Councillor (Leigh) Colacino, it’s something that we plan to raise at Council.”