AN accident involving at least three cars crashing into a fallen tree near Tuerong has strengthened calls for more stringent pruning of roadside trees.
But the call has been questioned, with some residents believing that driver behaviour and speed is at fault.
The issue has highlighted the great divide between Mornington Peninsula residents who want to retain its “green credentials” and moderate driver behaviour, and people who want a more urban-like environment where they can drive at speed.
In the latest incident, several cars are believed to have hit the fallen tree in Balnarring Road during wet conditions, around 6pm Wednesday, with emergency services responding and clearing the road.
Nobody was seriously injured.
One driver who crashed into the tree said they were constantly worried about the “angles” of the trees overhanging the roads in the area.
Several people contacted The News to say they had previously complained about the overhanging trees to the Department of Transport (formerly VicRoads).
The department, which is responsible for Balnarring Road, was contacted for comment.
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