Wollongong pedestrians risk being hit by cars

A closed section of footpath on Crown Street has seen some pedestrians walk along the road close to passing cars. Picture: Robert Peet
A closed section of footpath on Crown Street has seen some pedestrians walk along the road close to passing cars. Picture: Robert Peet

Pedestrians are stepping onto a busy section of Crown Street to get around a cordoned-off footpath left after Tuesday’s truck accident.

On Tuesday morning, a truck travelling east on Crown Street left the road near the Crown and Denison streets intersection and careered down the footpath.

Twenty metres of one eastbound lane and the footpath will stay closed between Darling and Denison streets to allow for building repairs to take place.

Rather than cross to the other side of the road, many pedestrians are stepping into oncoming traffic along Crown Street to walk around the closed section of footpath.

Centre for Road Safety executive director Bernard Carlon said pedestrians should always cross at lights or pedestrian crossings if they were available. 

“Pedestrians should also always be mindful when crossing the road or walking on the roadway of approaching vehicles,” Mr Carlon said.

“Look out before you step out, unplug your earphones and put away your phone, avoid crossing between parked cars or at the front or back of buses and large vehicles and most importantly, never assume that an approaching vehicle can see you or will stop for you.”

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