Tourists rescued after Highland Lakes Rd incident

POLICE have issued a stern reminder about obeying road closures and dangerous roads warnings, after tourists crashed on a closed road in the Central Highlands last night. Inspector Marco Ghedini of Bridgewater Police said the people involved had called Triple Zero (000) shortly before 6pm, after running off the road due to ice and snow.

“Highland Lakes Road had been closed due to safety concerns amid the weather conditions,” Inspector Ghedini said. “Thankfully the occupants of the car, a Mercedes sedan, were not injured in the crash, but they were not able to move from the scene and police had to safely retrieve them.”

““In sub-zero weather such as last night, tow trucks are not able to attend until conditions improve and the road is suitable to drive on. When police arrived there was about an inch of ice on the road surface. Police and emergency services will always respond when people are in need, but this is a prime example of why road closures and warnings must be listened to,” Inspector Ghedini said.”

“Driving around road closure signs and barriers because your GPS mapping system says the route is quicker, will not be tolerated and infringements will be issued. Ignoring road closure signs puts lives at risk, and also risks the safety of emergency services who have to respond in those conditions. Disregarding road closure signage may also impact on a vehicle’s insurance claim and the terms and conditions of rental car hire.”

As of 1.30pm on June 21, Highland Lakes Rd remains closed to all traffic from Miena to Liffey eue to severe icy conditions at Haulage Hill.

Hazardous roads as at noon on June 21:

  • Lake Dobson Rd is open to 4WD vehicles and 2WD vehicles with chains only.
  • Lake St Clair Rd – light snow – Drive with extreme caution
  • Lyell Highway – light snow at Mt Arrowsmith – Drive with caution
  • Lyell Highway – light snow Tungatinah to Derwent Bridge – Drive with extreme caution
  • Marlborough Rd – light snow – Drive with extreme caution
  • Poatina Rd – ice from Lake Secondary Road turn off to Poatina.

For information on road closures, visit the Tasmania Police Community Alerts website.

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