A SENIOR road safety auditor has assessed the measures put in place to alert drivers about the Hume Highway diverging at roadworks near Tarcutta as insufficient, an inquest heard yesterday.
Andrew Morse prepared a report in April this year after hearing evidence relating to the death of Albury woman Yasmin Duncan on March 5, 2010.
Mr Morse has since provided supplementary information which says in part road safety audits should be undertaken by people not associated with the works and independent from the design team or construction contractor.
He is the final witness at the inquest which began last year and resumed this week.
Ms Duncan, 18, was a passenger in a Holden Torana being driven by Table Top man Daniel Shiels in wet conditions.
He lost control of the car a short distance north of Tarcutta, crossed to the wrong side of the Hume Highway and into the path of a B-double truck.
There has been evidence during the inquest of confusion by drivers where the road was altered to diverge right in a transition zone.
Leightons Contractors were responsible for roadworks being done by the Hume Alliance.
A new fog line was put at the left side of the road with double unbroken lines in the middle.
Footage from a police vehicle taken in rain two days after the accident was shown yesterday.
It was travelling at a speed of 100km/h, but coroner Tony Murray has been told the best estimate of Mr Shiels’ speed in the Torana before the accident was about 70km/h.
Mr Morse said the signs and markings needed to be strong enough to alert drivers of a divergence.
It is an issue of whether a new fog line, double lines and reflectors drew the attention of drivers away from old road markings.
He said the new road markings were not evident against the backdrop and the former markings were still very evident.
The road went over a hill and veered slightly to the right, but a closed lane on the left had no barriers preventing vehicles continuing in it.
Mr Morse said barrier boards or chevrons should have been in place south of the hill and there were no physical controls apart from the line markings.
The inquest continues today.