Forrestdale death-crash intersection on list of WA’s most dangerous roads

Kent AcottThe West Australian
VideoArmadale Road, the scene of a horrific accident where a woman was killed when a truck T-boned her car on Monday afternoon, has been named as Perth’s third most dangerous road

The scene of Monday’s horrific accident where a woman was killed when a truck T-boned her car has been listed as one of Perth’s most dangerous roads.

Armadale Road, between Armadale and Cockburn, was named as Perth’s third most dangerous road in the latest RAC Risky Roads survey of 6000 motorists.

The 55-year-old woman was killed when her car was hit by the semitrailer at the intersection of Armadale Road and Tonkin Highway in Forrestdale. A Beckenham truck driver, 46, has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death over the crash.

VideoThe RAC has released a list of Perth's riskiest roads - the intersections people are most likely to crash.

Armadale Road is one of eight roads from Perth’s eastern flank that feature in the list of top 10 risky roads. The others stretch from Beaufort Street in Inglewood down to Keirnan Street in Mundijong.

Keirnan Street is at the top of the list, with motorists saying it had no pedestrian access or crossings and had a poor road surface quality.

While most of Perth’s most risky roads were in the south-east of the city, most dangerous intersections were in the north-east.

The riskiest intersection was at Swan Christian College and Great Northern Highway in Middle Swan, where motorists said the speed needed to be lowered and traffic lights or a roundabout added.

The riskiest regional road was the stretch of Bussell Highway between Busselton and Capel, while the worst intersection was the Chester Pass Roundabout at the intersection of Albany and South Coast highways near Albany.

Motorists said the Bussell Highway stretch was too narrow and lacked overtaking opportunities, while the Chester Pass Roundabout was said to be confusing, with little chance to turn or cross traffic.

“No one knows our roads better than the people who drive, ride, cycle or walk on them every day,” RAC general manager corporate affairs Will Golsby said.

“RAC’s Risky Roads survey empowers West Australians to voice their concerns about dangerous roads and intersections, so we can work together with the relevant authorities to have them fixed and to ultimately save lives.”

Last year, WA had the worst road fatality rate of any mainland State — 33 per cent higher than the national average and 84 per cent higher than Victoria.

“WA has one of the worst road safety records in the nation and these latest results further highlight the urgent need for funding to repair and upgrade our roads,” Mr Golsby said.

“Many crashes which result in death or serious injury could be avoided through low-cost safety treatments, so we have a real opportunity to reverse the overwhelming and unacceptable level of road trauma in WA.

“With a road fatality rate six times higher than Perth, nowhere is the devastation more apparent than regional WA, which is why RAC is calling for an $800 million regional road safety package to be delivered over the next 10 years.”

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