Bullsbrook traffic accident highlights safety concerns regarding increased truck traffic

A car that collided with a truck recently in Bullsbrook.
A car that collided with a truck recently in Bullsbrook.

A CRASH between a sand truck and a car has exacerbated Bullsbrook residents' concerns that growing truck traffic is becoming a major safety issue.

The crash occurred at the corner of Warbrook Road and Railway Parade on November 15, injuring 17-year-old driver Jared Jones and his girlfriend.

Police are continuing their investigations into the crash.

Meanwhile, there are two applications expected to be submitted to City of Swan soon that could further increase the amount of trucks on Bullsbrook roads.

Owners of the Maralla Road sand mine have applied to increase annual production by up to 500,000 tons, with an expected 160 extra ‘truck movements’ per day.

A ‘truck movement’ refers to a return trip, meaning Bullsbrook roads would see 320 additional crossings from heavy traffic to and from the mine.

Mine owner Urban Resources is expected to appear before the council early next year, or at the December 17 meeting at the earliest.

A second application is for the relocation of a civil compound from Portmarnock Drive, The Vines, to Maralla Road, for ease of access during construction works at Ellenbrook’s Annie’s Landing development.

Access and exit from the site is via Maralla Road and Railway Parade, which would see up to 25 extra truck movements daily.

Melanie Jones, mother of injured driver Jared Jones, said more controls were needed to make truck drivers more accountable.

‘I want them to obey the road rules ” they get paid by the load, so the quicker they go the more they get paid,’ she said.

Bullsbrook man Paul Noone said there had been a huge increase in truck traffic since he first moved to the town.

‘It’s congested now’