Call for action following fatalities

SUNDAY’S double fatality in Newry has led to calls for urgent safety measures on Three Chain Rd.

​Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision on Sunday afternoon which claimed the life of popular local man Ian Kennedy, 72, and his wife, Jan, 70.

The couple’s Mercedes collided with a Mazda utility at the intersection of Three Chain and Newry-Boisdale Rds, about 1.40pm.

Two males in the utility were not injured.

The cause of the collision has not yet been determined.

Lisa Reeves, who lives near the site of the fatality, said she had been calling for stop signs at the intersection for five years, and witnessed “near misses and crashes” every month.

Ms Reeves said she was even concerned someone would one day drive through her house, given the poor visibility at the intersection and the speed of some drivers.

“Now I have had to watch someone die, please put some stop signs there,” she said.

Sam Gosstray, who has a relative living near the intersection, called it a “death trap”.

She said the absence of road signs on Boisdale-Newry Rd meant drivers approaching were often unaware of the intersection because of poor visibility.

The road, which has a 100 kilometre per hour speed limit, is close to the Newry motocross track and golf course, and carries a lot of traffic most weekends.

Ms Gosstray said her mother-in-law had unsuccessfully asked for a concealed driveway sign at her property.

“When leaving her driveway to the left there is a ditch in the road which makes it hard to see on coming traffic from the left hand side and as there is no sign to indicate there’s a concealed driveway ahead drivers are travelling at high speeds ... at the Three Chain Rd and Boisdale Newry Rd intersection there are no clear white lines on the road.

“The corner is a death trap and has seen numerous accidents.”

Wellington Shire Council has confirmed the intersection is council’s responsibility. A council spokesperson said the only request it received for a review of the intersection came on Monday.

Council will wait for the outcome of the coroner’s report before deciding on the next course of action.

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