More Signs Removed From Melbourne Roads After Woman's Narrow Escape
Two more signs will be removed from Melbourne roads as part of an audit to find out what caused one to come crashing down on a woman's car.
The signs hang on gantries along the City Link and the West Gate Freeway and were to be removed on Sunday night because of their similarity to the one that crashed down on driver Nella Lettieri.
"Their removal forms part of further assessments and will assist in the findings of the investigation, together with three signs that were removed (on Saturday) night," VicRoads said in a statement.
Those three signs passed engineering assessments and showed no signs of deterioration or stress, VicRoads said.
An audit of the other 17 gantries with similar sign support had been finished with no signs of stress or deterioration, Major Projects Victoria program director David Clements said.
Lettieri was travelling along the Tullamarine Freeway when the overhead sign crashed onto her car last Tuesday.
Dashcam footage from a vehicle behind shows the force of the giant sign, moving Lettieri's car even though she had slammed on her brakes.
She escaped serious injury but the weight of the sign crushed her car, shattering the windscreen and scattering glass across the highway.
"I thought either something had fallen off the car in front of me, or the truck or whatever," Lettieri told 10 News First.
"It was like a roller door coming down right in front of you."
She suffered neck pain and extensive bruising, and told 10 News First she wants answers.
"How did that happen? How did that happen here in Australia?" she said.
No other cars were hit.