Dr Nicole French was injured at this accident scene at Noosa Eumundi Rd recently involving her damaged car.
Dr Nicole French was injured at this accident scene at Noosa Eumundi Rd recently involving her damaged car.

Crash victim demands fix on notorious stretch

A Cooroy-based psychologist wants urgent action along a “dangerous” stretch of Eumundi Noosa Rd after becoming one of its latest casualties on her way home from work.

Dr Nicole French is recovering from a range of injuries after her car was struck from behind and spun several times through the four-lane stretch of road while waiting in the Seib Rd turning lane.

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“I nearly headed into the escarpment and my other choice was to head on into the traffic,” Dr French said.

“I’m just lucky to be here, that’s all I keep thinking.

“That road’s really dangerous.

“It’s horrible … my question is why are they not doing anything about it?” she said.

The scene of Dr Nicole French's accident on Eumundi Noosa Rd.
The scene of Dr Nicole French's accident on Eumundi Noosa Rd.

Dr French, who has been forced to take at least four weeks’ leave because of muscular damage, whiplash and trauma, had to relive the whole ordeal again when she returned to accident scene on Sunday morning.

“As part of my exposure intervention to address the fear and safety concerns I now hold over driving, I travelled the same road at 10am thinking it was a quiet time to reduce fear,” she said.

“There was another accident, a two-car pileup … ambulance, fireys and police again.

“People aren’t doing the right thing, that’s two accidents in a week and it’s not the highway (to blame).”

The latest crash on the section happened at the start of Road Safety Week.

Dr French said it highlighted the need for greater care on the roads.

The scene of Dr Nicole French's road accident.
The scene of Dr Nicole French's road accident.

“Why are they not either putting something there to reduce the speed limit or doing something with drivers?” she said.

“My concern is the frequency of road accidents and the poor road user behaviour being demonstrated.”

In February this year it was announced there would be safety upgrades along sections of the road after a $200,000 safety and planning study.

Ninderry MP Dan Purdie said that was after residents raised concerns in 2018 about safety issues which led to the upgrading of the Cash Rd intersection.

The study identified necessary upgrades including a shared path over North Maroochy River (Seib Rd Bridge), wide centre line treatments between Caplick Way and Redwood Rd and safety upgrades to the Hatfield Rd intersection.

A speed limit review recommended the current speed limits be maintained.

Mr Purdie said recent accidents on Eumundi Noosa Rd were a reminder of the need to upgrade the major arterial link to Noosa.

“I’ve been lobbying the minister (Transport Minister Mark Bailey) for some time about this project, and when I met with him last year, he gave his support on the condition that council contribute half the cost,” Mr Purdie said.

“Now that Sunshine Coast Council has committed its share of funding, I’m confident the State Government will allocate the remainder to commence work on this vital safety upgrade.

“With the State Government cancelling the Budget due to COVID, I will continue to lobby on behalf of the local community to ensure we secure funding for these vital upgrades.”.

Improvements include new overtaking lanes between Emu Mountain Rd and Beckmans Rd, and up to four new bus stops along the length of the route.

Mr Purdie said the improvements would go some way to improving safety for motorists. “Unfortunately, at this stage, they remain unfunded,” he said.

The Eumundi police officers who attended Dr French’s accident have been contacted but the investigating officer was not available for comment.


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