Fatal accidents and abandoned cars on Old Yanchep Rd

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One of four abandoned cars on Old Yanchep Rd near the Wesco Rd intersection where there was a non-fatal accident early in May. Picture: Anita McInnes

IN the five years up to December 2019 there were 53 crashes, including two fatal accidents on Old Yanchep Rd, according to Main Roads WA.

Then this year on May 12 there was a fatal accident on Old Yanchep Rd near the Tomar Rd intersection and before that a non-fatal accident near the Wesco Rd intersection earlier in the same month.

The five-year data showed that as well as the two fatal accidents the 53 crashes included nine hospitalisations, four required medical attention, 28 involved major property damage (greater than $3000) and 10 involved minor property damage (less than $3000).

Last week there were four abandoned cars in the Old Yanchep and Wesco roads intersection area – none of them were on the actual roads but as the picture above shows they were very close.

Yanchep News Online understands City of Wanneroo rangers were working to have the abandoned vehicles removed by today.

One of four abandoned cars on Old Yanchep Rd near the Wesco Rd intersection where there was a non-fatal accident early in May. Picture: Anita McInnes

City of Wanneroo assets director Harminder Singh said in the past five years, the city had undertaken upgrades to Old Yanchep Rd from Trandos Rd to Pederick Rd and Wattle Ave to Trandos Rd.

“The total combined expenditure for these projects was $5,130,916, of which $3,033,333 was funded by the state government’s black spot program and $2,097,583 funded by the city,’’ he said.

“An additional project at the northern end of Old Yanchep Rd was undertaken in 2017-18 which primarily involved sealing shoulders, installing edge lines and guide posts.

“This project had a budget of $665,000 and was two-thirds funded by the black spot program.’’

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) said the Parks and Wildlife Service was responsible for the section of Old Yanchep Rd from the Indian Ocean Dr intersection extending 1.2km to the east.

“While Parks and Wildlife Service has not allocated a specific budget for the section of Old Yanchep Rd it manages, the department has slashed verges to maintain sightlines and has installed chevron signs on a sharp corner as part of routine works.

“Parks and Wildlife Service plans to upgrade corners along the 1.2km section of the road in 2020-21.’’