Light pole crashes to the ground at the cnr of Bideford St and the Esplanade.
Light pole crashes to the ground at the cnr of Bideford St and the Esplanade. Alistair Brightman

Safety fears after light pole crashes onto road crossing

A LIGHT pole that collapsed and crashed onto a Hervey Bay pedestrian crossing had not been inspected for almost three years.

No one was hurt when the Ergon Energy pole came down near the Torquay intersection of Bideford St and the Esplanade at 4.45pm on Wednesday.

A Urangan motorist named Michael - who asked that his surname be withheld - had been about to turn at the intersection when the steel pole came down without warning.

"I was waiting to turn from the Esplanade to Bideford St, waiting for another car to pass so I can turn in, and while I was sitting there waiting for this car to pass the pole came down in front of me," Michael said.

"It was only about four metres away, so had I not been waiting for the car to pass I would have been underneath it, definitely."

Michael said a gust of wind passed through the area and believed it and the pole's rusted base caused the collapse.

Ergon Energy spokesman Rod Rehbein yesterday told the Chronicle the last inspection on the pole was on February 21, 2011.

"Given this incident has occurred, we will conduct an out-of-cycle inspection on other poles in this area," Mr Rehbein said.

Mr Rehbein said the pole had been inspected as part of Ergon's routine program and was in a satisfactory condition when last checked.

He said Ergon was investigating what caused this pole to subsequently fail.

"However, we will not speculate on the contributing factors into this failure until the investigation is finished."

Lights out:

Pole last inspected on February 21, 2011

Pole collapsed on December 18, 2013

Pole narrowly misses traffic



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