Accident reignites intersection debate

THE notorious Curtis Road/Heaslip Road intersection continues to cause concern for motorists after yet another accident at the hot spot last week.

At around 2pm on Friday a car travelling along Curtis Road collided with a truck at the junction, which sent it off the road.

Emergency services were called to the scene, with the driver and passenger of the car taken away by ambulance.

The truck driver was unharmed.

The incident adds to a string of accidents at the popular, but troublesome, intersection.

Andrews Farm resident Kerinda Polson was at the scene and said the proximity of the intersection to both city and country residents is cause for major concern.

“The biggest thing for me is that we’re right on the edge; we’ve got the city on one side and the country on the other, so something really needs to be done,” she said.

“I always tell my daughter, if she’s going through this intersection, to be safe because there are just so many incidents here.”

The intersection is controlled by the State Government’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).

Last month, The Bunyip reported Playford Council’s intention to write to the government asking to bring forward a plan to install a roundabout at the junction.

“The area is growing fast and more motorists use the busy road, so we are in discussions with the State Government to try and find a funding solution to the DPTI intersection,” Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said. “

Any upgrade, such as a single lane roundabout, is to be funded from the Road Infrastructure Deeds for growth areas.”

The spate of accidents led Angle Vale resident Clint Marsh to create a Facebook page to warn the community about the dangers of the intersection.

Mr Marsh said, while no-one wants to see accidents, the Facebook page – which has over 650 likes – has created a much-needed conversation within the local community.

“One thing that has been really pleasing is that members of the public have actually used the Facebook page to report incidents and inform other community members of what is going on,” he said.

The Bunyip contacted DPTI for comment, but did not receive a response before deadline.

Tom Staggard

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Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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