Catch runaway trucks like aircraft carriers catch planes
AN ARRESTER bed that works in the way an aircraft carrier brings jets to a halt should be immediately added to the South Eastern Freeway to reduce the risk of another catastrophic crash.
That is the view of the man who managed safety on the freeway for 10 years, writes the Adelaide Advertiser.
Roger Hancock, a retired 40-year veteran with the Transport Department, says his former employer needs to build a third, but different, type of arrester bed along the down track.
"Those last second 'gee my brakes have failed' scenarios could be addressed short-term by considering another arrester system as close as possible to the Glen Osmond intersection," Mr Hancock, a former road safety auditor, said.
His call comes a week after another out of control truck caused a crash at the Glen Osmond intersection that miraculously did not cause fatalities or serious injuries.
Burnside Mayor Anne Monceaux has called for a third arrester bed on the eastern side of Mira Monte Estate, and potentially a 40km/h limit for trucks.the eastern side of Mira Monte Estate, and potentially a 40km/h limit for trucks.
Transport Minister Stephan Knoll said the Government was open to suggestions for safety improvements.