Tourists rescued from closed road in Tasmania’s highlands

Police have issued a stern reminder about obeying road closures and dangerous roads warnings, after three tourists crashed on a closed road in Tasmania’s highlands last night.

Bridgewater Inspector Marco Ghedini said the trio 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,” he 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.”

“Of course police and our 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.”

“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.”

Highland Lakes Road is still currently closed to all traffic from Liffey to Miena due to severe icy conditions at Haulage Hill.

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

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