SCHOOL bus children are at an unacceptable risk on their daily commute, according to a teacher assistant who has launched a campaign to have Abergowrie Road widened.
Katrina Tomba says heavy duty vehicles and cattle trucks race down the road, which has a speed limit of 100 kmph, forcing locals to pull over and allow them to pass.
In parts the road is ‘barely wide enough for two SUVs two pass each other’, Mrs Tomba says.
She is demanding something to be done now – before there is ‘a fatal collision’.
Mrs Tomba said: ‘The way the road is – it’s an accident waiting to happen.
‘A cattle truck missed me by millimeters the other day. They never slow down.’
‘I always slow down and try to pull over, but you can’t when they come around a corner, or if you’ve got a car behind you.
‘It’s the school buses I worry most about. It must be terrifying for those kids, having to pass oversized vehicles and trucks.
‘The cost of the work would be nothing compared to keeping children safe.’
The Abergowrie local has started delivering flyers around the community, and asking other people to speak up.
‘I wrote to (MP for Hinchinbrook) Nick Dametto, who got back to me saying that he would look into it – and that I should get as many people to speak up as possible.
‘He gave me an official email address to write to.
‘I’ve been saying it for years – this road is dangerous.
‘It needs widening from after the dip at Long Pocket to the Abergowrie township.
‘We need people to come forward and speak up.’
A bus servicing students from Ingham’s schools collects and drops off children from Abergowrie during term times.
Further school vehicles transport students from St Teresa’s College, which is a boarding school in the Herbert River Valley, while children are driven to Abergowrie State School, which will be starting a kindergarten programme from next year.
During cane cutting season, which runs for around six months from June to December, hauling trains and heavy vehicles are a common site on and around Abergowrie Road.