Elderly woman injured in Batlow Rd turn-off crash

Elderly woman injured in Batlow Rd turn-off crash

Emergency workers attend to an injured driver following a collision at the Batlow Road turnoff on Wednesday morning.

A 93-year-old Gilmore woman was airlifted to the Canberra Hospital after her car collided with a truck at the intersection of Batlow Road and the Snowy Mountains Highway on Wednesday.

Police said the woman was turning right onto the highway in her Toyota Echo at about 8.40am and did not see the oncoming medium-sized truck, which struck the car on its off side.

The truck then hit a safety rail, before veerying off the road.

The force of the impact spun the Echo 180 degrees and into a safety rail.

Emergency services were quickly on the scene, including local paramedics, the SES, RFS and police. The SES used the jaws of life to help free the injured driver of the Echo and the rescue helicopter later took her to hospital.

The truck driver did not receive any significant injuries and was not taken to hospital.

The highway was temporarily closed. The intersection has been the subject of ongoing lobbying over the years by local drivers and the former Tumut Shire Council, seeking improvement.

In 2015 the state government spent $1.9m at the intersection and the nearby sweeping bend. Work included widening of the shoulder, the installation of new safety barriers, improved drainage, new lighting and extending the left turning lane on the Snowy Mountains Highway intersection.

The work didn’t stop the complaints and Janine Kovacs, who has been a driving force in efforts to have the intersection overhauled, argued the changes only made vision more difficult for those pulling up at the intersection from the Batlow Road.

Mick Veitch, MLC, raised some of the concerns in parliament and the then Tumut Council resolved to call for action.

In response, the Roads and Maritime Services undertook an audit of the turn-off and did tweak the intersection once more, making adjustments to the concrete median islands, signage and line marking, as well as clearing some vegetation, at the intersection.