A MANAGER with Leightons Contractors responsible for roadworks by the Hume Alliance near Tarcutta inspected a section of road after a fatal accident on March 5, 2010, an inquest was told yesterday.
Brett O’Leary, a civil engineer based in Wagga, went to the site soon after being told about the death of Albury woman Yasmin Duncan.
Mr O’Leary drove and walked along a section of roadway heading north towards the accident scene and believed it was safe.
Solicitor Mark Cronin, who appears for the Duncan family, said there was no barrier within a closed lane until an area adjacent to the accident.
The road after a hill diverged to the right, but there was no impediment to vehicles continuing in a closed lane.
Mr O’Leary said he did not consider that a risk to motorists.
“Did you not form the view this was an area of risk?” Mr Cronin asked.
“No,” replied Mr O’Leary.
He was unaware at the time of complaints about confusion with the road configuration.
“I have since become aware,” Mr O’Leary said.
He said Leightons did not have an investigation after the accident.
Mr O’Leary said the accident was a major incident, but he thought it was best left to the police to investigate it.
“This in my view was a traffic accident,” he said.