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Another major accident at notorious intersection
25 July 2022
Nine people were injured in the crash at the intersection of Portrush and
Cross roads at Glen Osmond on Sunday afternoon.
Emergency services rushed to the crash site after the truck hit the fountain
and rolled over, pinning several cars.
Five people had to be extricated from their vehicles.
Speaking to the ABC, Preetmoham Singh said he had a close call when the
truck came careering towards his car at the stop lights on the freeway.
“We heard some noises coming from surrounding and we then checked and
saw a truck and a few cars coming towards us and then we moved the car a
little bit forward so that we can survive,” Mr Singh said.
Nearby resident Chris Parsons ran out of his home when he heard the crash
and saw people rushing to help at the scene.
“The truck flipped and it just scraped the ground. Pretty bad. I’ve seen some
accidents but not like this. This is the biggest one I’ve seen.”
The intersection was the location of several fatal crashes in South Australia.
They included the death of 41-year-old truck driver James Venning, who died
when he slammed into a wall at the intersection in January 2014.
John Posnakidis, 42, was killed by an out-of-control semi-trailer when he was
waiting at a bus stop for assistance at the same intersection.
Their deaths were the subject of a coronial inquest, which recommended
lower speed limits for heavy vehicles and tougher penalties for drivers who
do not use a safety ramp.
In 2014, Thomas Spiess, 57, and Jacqueline Byrne, 41, were killed when a
truck smashed into their cars at the bottom of the freeway.
Adelaide, South Australia