Road markings played role in crash that killed Yasmin Duncan: Coroner

Yasmin Duncan

Yasmin Duncan

ROAD markings and signage played a role in the Hume Highway crash that killed Albury teenager Yasmin Duncan, a coroner has found.

Albury coroner Tony Murray this morning handed down his finding into the death of Ms Duncan, 18, which happened on March 5, 2010.

She had been a passenger in a car that collided with a B-double truck in wet conditions near Tarcutta.

Questions around the circumstances of the crash were raised with roadworks being done on the highway at the time by construction firm Leightons.

Mr Murray concluded this morning that road markings and signage linked to the work had played a role in the incident.

However, he added that on the balance of probabilities he was unable to say the exact role they played.  

The court had heard there was confusion around an old fog line that had not been erased.

The Duncan family's socilitor Mark Cronin had said there had been a failure to reduce the speed limit from 100km/h to 80km/h, too many confusing signs and a failure to properly delineate which lanes to use.

But lawyers for Leightons, and Roads and Maritime Services, argued the signs were not contradictory and the car's driver Daniel Shiels could not see any hazards because he was travelling too close to the vehicle in front of him.