Death trap: Pictures

RESIDENTS have labelled an Epsom intersection a "death trap" and are calling on the City of Greater Bendigo to install a roundabout or stop sign before somebody is killed. 

Motorists driving along Station Street are required to give way to traffic on Ironstone Road but collisions and near misses are becoming a regular occurrence, residents say. 

Lisa Boundy, who operates a hairdressing salon on the corner of Station Street and Ironstone Road, said she had witnessed four accidents in the past six weeks. 

"Someone is going to die," she said. 

"And I am scared I am going to be the one that sees it."

Mrs Boundy, who had rushed to help the drivers of the two vehicles involved in a smash earlier in the week, said she she was "not equipped to do CPR" but collisions were such a regular occurrence she was considering learning.

"I see (collisions) all the time," she said. 

"It is not a shock to (residents in the street).

"There needs to be roundabout or something to slow drivers down."  

Resident Brad Cole said the intersection was a "death trap" and it was "only a matter of time" before someone's life was cut short. 

"If you look up Station Street - it is dead straight," he said. 

"People just keep driving - they don't slow down to give way." 

Mr Cole said he would like to see a roundabout installed as a way of forcing drivers to slow down and give way.

"People need to be forced to slow down," he said. 

"I think there needs to be that break in the road."  

City of Greater Bendigo manager engineering and public space, Brett Martini, said council would investigate the accident history of the intersection.

"We have one reported crash there several years ago," he said. 

"That doesn't mean there hasn't been accidents that have occurred.

"From the point of view of recorded accidents, that is the (accidents) police have made a report on, the only one we have at the moment was recorded back in 1998."

He said council would work with police to determine a cause of the accidents and make changes where necessary. 

"We will definitely work to find out what is reason spate of accidents have occurred," he said.

"There is a lot of development happening out there at the moment and volumes of traffic are increasing so we will need to determine whether that current treatment is still appropriate."


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