Eyre Peninsula

Temporary closure of Eyre Highway West of Eucla due to medical incident

The police and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has closed the Eyre Highway at the Highway Emergency landing strip just west of Eucla.

The South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) has issued an urgent communication regarding the temporary closure of the Eyre Highway west of Eucla. This decision follows advice from Western Australian colleagues.

The police and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has closed the Eyre Highway at the Highway Emergency landing strip just west of Eucla. The closure is necessary due to a medical incident. The highway may remain closed until 2pm. This is because soft road edges caused by recent rain may prevent the aircraft from parking off the highway.

SARTA stated, “We are assured of the earliest possible update once the re-opening time is clearer. In the meantime, operators and drivers are encouraged to consider where is the best place for them to park up or delay departure times so as to accommodate the above closure.”

A further update has been shared regarding the situation. The RFDS plane is now expected to land on the Eyre Highway just west of Eucla at 1:30pm. Consequently, the re-opening of the highway may also be delayed.

This temporary closure of the Eyre Highway is a critical measure to ensure the safe landing and operation of the RFDS aircraft. SARTA advises all operators and drivers to make necessary adjustments to their schedules and plans. They should consider suitable parking locations or delay departure times to accommodate the extended closure.

SARTA will provide the latest updates on the situation via their Facebook page here.

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