Calls for bollards after Melbourne pedestrians allegedly hit by truck

Calls are growing for bollards to be installed and for trucks to be banned from a Melbourne intersection after a B-double allegedly ploughed into pedestrians last week.

Calls for bollards after Melbourne pedestrians allegedly hit by truck

Calls are growing for bollards to be installed and for trucks to be banned from a Melbourne intersection after a B-double allegedly ploughed into pedestrians last week.

Five people, all aged in their 20s and 30s, suffered injuries after allegedly being hit by the truck on the corner of City Road and Power Street in Southbank about 7pm last Thursday.

The 64-year-old driver, Frank Rogers, was arrested later that evening and has since been charged with two counts of dangerous driving causing serious injury.

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President of the Southbank Residents' Association Tony Penna told Today he had expressed his concerns about the intersection to the City of Melbourne two weeks ago, taking the deputy mayor down to the corner.

"I needed him to see first-hand what was happening on this intersection with these trucks," he said.

"We've been talking about this intersection for years and how unsafe it is."

Police allege the truck cut the intersection corner and mounted the footpath, taking down a traffic light and smashing into the pedestrians.

Mr Penna said bollards could be a short-term solution, but the long-term hope was for trucks to be taken off the road and given access to the nearby Burnley Tunnel instead.

"Bollards can certainly help this intersection in the short term," he said.

"It's certainly not a long-term fix ... the government needs to decide now to let those trucks back into that tunnel and take them off his busy suburban street."

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Trucks carrying livestock are currently not allowed in the tunnel under state government regulations.

Mr Penna said the community was "absolutely devastated" and angered by the crash.

"Furious doesn't describe it - devastated for those families of those people that were injured only last week," he said.

The residents' association has purchased a GoPro camera to install on a building to catch truck drivers driving dangerously in the future.

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