A MAN who worked on Hume Highway roadworks near Tarcutta in 2010 told an inquest yesterday that an alteration to the road needed more signage and barriers to alert drivers travelling north.
Nathan Fruend was employed by an Albury-based company working for Leighton Contractors which was involved in roadworks as part of the Hume Alliance.
“I remember there was not enough signage to push you into the north-bound lane,” Mr Fruend said.
“It would not be hard to go down the wrong way.”
He gave his evidence in the reconvened inquest into the death of Albury teenager Yasmin Duncan that started last year.
Ms Duncan, 18, died on March 5, 2010, when the Holden Torana sedan she was a passenger in crossed to the wrong side of the Hume Highway and into the path of a B-double truck.
The car was being driven by Daniel Shiels, of Table Top, who lost control of the vehicle in the wet.
Mr Fruend regularly drove the section of road and said when the road was altered an old fog line marking the edge was not completely obliterated.
“I used to drive that road every day. I got confused,” he said.
“The other line that they tried to black out was still there.”
Mr Fruend said the road originally went straight over a hill, but the alteration moved it to the right.
A new fog line with reflectors was put in place at the left edge of the road and two unbroken lines in the road middle veered progressively.
The inquest before coroner Tony Murray started in Wagga last year and was adjourned part-heard to Albury for further evidence in December.
Mr Fruend made his statement about the road in February this year.
In the statement, he said: “I was not in the least bit surprised when I heard about the accident”.
He said too much of the old fog line could still be seen.
“I thought it was bad enough during the day, but it would have been worse at night,” he said.
Mr Fruend raised his concerns about the road with others in his crew.
But he admitted yesterday he had never raised his concerns about that section of road with Leightons representatives.
The inquest continues today and is expected to finish this week.