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Crash investigator calls for better highway lighting

September 29, 2023 10:11 am in by

A crash investigator who attended a fatal crash which killed a 68 year-old Devonport woman and her 16 year-old grandson from Latrobe last year, has told a coroner lighting on the Bass Highway near the crash scene needs improving.

Eileen Elizabeth Murfet and Lachlan James Stones, died on June 14 when the Hyundai Getz she was driving collided with the rear of a flat tray truck which had stopped to make a right turn into a local business.

During the inquest, Senior Constable Hayden Barnard told coroner Olivia McTaggart given the number of driveways along the stretch of highway near the crash site, a review of current street lighting should be undertaken with a view to improving visibility for road users at night.

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Constable Barnard said the crash site gets no illumination at all and would benefit from improved lighting.

Ms McTaggart said in her findings that although the crash site was dark weather and road conditions were good at the time and it was on a long straight.

Her honour didn’t make any recommendations, but noted the Department of State Growth may wish to assess the state of lighting in the area of the crash.

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