Truck in lower arrester bed on the SE Freeway, Tuesday April 9, 2019
Truck in lower arrester bed on the SE Freeway, Tuesday April 9, 2019

Will a third arrester bed stop another truck crash?

THE State Government is "open" to the idea of adding another arrester bed on the downtrack of the South Eastern Freeway, Transport Minister Stephan Knoll says.

The Adelaide Advertiser reported it was also willing to look at the possibility of installing a sophisticated traffic lights system that can clear the Toll Gate intersection at the bottom of the freeway if a truck's brakes fail on the way down the hill.

It comes after SA Road Transport Association director Steve Shearer renewed the organisation's calls for such safety measures in the wake of Wednesday night's truck crash at the intersection during which a semi-trailer smashed into seven vehicles.

 

"There needs to be a third arrester bed - We suggested putting one in the centre (of the freeway) where the old toll gate used to be," he told The Advertiser.

Mr Knoll said the Government was open to the Road Transport Association's suggestions for safety improvements.

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