Wake-up call for Kyabram drivers

January 11, 2018

Donna Nelson stands at the intersection of Winter and Curr roads where her accident took place.

A KYABRAM resident is calling for drivers to be more cautious on country roads after an accident had left her out of work for eight weeks.

Donna Nelson was travelling north along Curr Rd, Girgarre when a four-wheel-drive utility travelling east on Winter Rd failed to give way and pulled out in front of her.

“By the time the ute started coming across the road I had nowhere else to go but into the side of him,” she said.

The accident left her with a fractured collarbone and fractured ribs, meaning she couldn’t return to work in the lead up to Christmas.

Her car was written off and the ute rolled onto its roof.

She said even if drivers feel they know a road, the conditions can change or other drivers may not be concentrating.

“It’s not like I didn’t know the road either, I’ve been driving it for about 12 months so I know the bend and the intersection pretty well,” she said.

“The intersection only has give-way signs for the crossing traffic, but people really do need to stop and look properly.

“Other people on Curr Rd aren’t even doing the speed limit through the intersection. They’ve made it 80km/h so that people have a chance to see you coming around the bend.”

Ms Nelson said the situation could have been much worse, had she not slowed for the reduced speed zone.

“We both managed to walk away from the accident, which is good considering the circumstances,” Ms Nelson said.

She was able to track down another car to drive her partner Brett Warren to work, however the purchase means they had little money to spare over the Christmas break.

“Cars can be replaced, so it’s not too bad when you look at what could have happened,” Mr Warren said.

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