A truck rollover in Henty has renewed calls for the speeding issue in the town to be addressed.
Residents believed it was “only a matter of time” before a serious accident occurred on the Cookardinia Road leading into Henty – and they were right.
On Tuesday April 5, a truck carting 450 sheep rolled on the corner after taking the bend too fast. Only 150 sheep survived and wool is still hanging from the fence where the truck crashed.
“We used to say it’s a big accident waiting to happen and now it has,” concerned Henty resident Sue Maher said.
“That is the first really bad crash and it was just awful when I realised there was stock on board.”
Living just metres from where the crash happened, Mrs Maher said she often hears cars speeding around the corner onto the street despite it still being a 50km/h area.
“If you're on that bend watch out,” she said.
Mrs Maher and her friend and neighbour Carol Hadfield walk down the road occasionally with Mrs Maher’s dogs.
“If you walking along they don’t even slow down, they just go (onto the wrong side of the road) around you,” Mrs Hadfield said.
Despite being clearly marked with both a “50km/h ahead” and a “50km/h” sign advising drivers of the speed the residents say cars simply don’t slow down.
“The best thing would be a speed camera,” Mrs Maher said.
She also wants to see an advisory speed sign put up for the sharp bend where the truck rolled.
"There is no speed advice (for the bend) and the road is dead straight until the corner,” she said.
“It is a safety issue, children ride their bikes along the road.
“People don’t take notice of the speed signs.”
Greater Hume Shire (GHS) Council said it investigates after accidents to see if the road surface or surrounds may have contributed.
“There are no obvious road issues determined from preliminary investigations,” GHS engineering director Greg Blackie said.