Following two major crashes on Fleurieu roads within 24 hours, local police have called on motorists to take extra care on the region’s highways.
On Monday, January 8, a 62-year-old Encounter Bay man tragically lost his life in a serious two-car collision near Strathalbyn, on one of the region’s busiest roads.
The man was driving on Alexandrina Road at Sanderstone when his vehicle was involved in an accident with another car around 2pm.
His passenger, a 61-year-old woman, was airlifted to the Flinders Medical Centre in a critical condition but the man, sadly, died at the scene.
The driver and passenger of the other vehicle have been taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Alexandrina Road was closed between Wattle Flat Road and Michelmore Road while Major Crash Investigators examined the circumstances surrounding the crash.
The local man’s death took the state’s road toll to two, compared with zero at the same time last year.
And on Tuesday, the Fleurieu Peninsula’s most notorious road saw its first major accident when two cars collided on Victor Harbor Road at Willunga Hill.
One of the occupants was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries while three others were treated by paramedics at the scene.
Rescue crews and emergency services were called to the scene just after 7am and a rescue helicopter requested to land 15 minutes later.
Victor Harbor Road was closed between Pages Flat Road and the bottom of Willunga Hill for most of the day while Major Crash Investigators attended the scene.
Superintendent Mark Fairney, Officer in Charge, of Hills Fleurieu Police said the investigation into the crash at Willunga Hill on Tuesday was not over yet.
He said, while police urge all road users to take care at all times while driving, it was important for motorists to take special care when entering onto main roads.
“Throughout the Hills and Fleurieu regions, many roads are 80 kilometres for hour or faster… therefore motorists must always look and give way to oncoming traffic and always check mirrors and blind spots before changing position on the road,” he said.
“A momentary lapse of concentration, particularly at speed on rural roads, can have disastrous consequences.”