Thursday, 10 January 2013
WRB SMASH - JAN 10 2013
Got a glimpse of a truck smash on the TV news in Melbourne last night,
January 10, 2013. Probably a commercial channel.
It looked like a major country highway, 2 lanes each way, grass median
strip with wire rope barrier down the middle, bit of a curve and I got
the impression the truck was going up hill on the inside of the curve.
It could have been a b-double.
The truck seems to have gone straight ahead, over the WRB, onto its'
side and slide into oncoming traffic.
Then a policeman came on to tell us that the WRB had absorbed the
impact and probably saved lived! What training did that officer have
to make that assessment? How much time did it take to assess the
crash site while managing the crash scene? How many police were at the
If this was a robbery or an assault an officer would not be allowed to
pre-empt any legal proceedings with his opinions in the media like
this. And, why defend WRB? I've never heard a policeman go public
defending other barriers after a crash.
Could it be that a police road authority "partner" has a vested
interest in WRB not being seen to fail?
The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into motorcycle & scooter safety
(DEC 2012) came up with recommendations that call for an independent
authority to handle ALL road crash data. The Independent Riders' Group
strongly supports those recommendations. The current system is a
bureaucratic mess with various vested interests squabbling over who is
in charge of what and who gets what information related to road trauma.
We would appreciate any links to reports on this truck crash and any
other information on it that's available.
Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Riders' Group