Fallen tree causes mayhem

2014-03-04 00:00

A FALLEN gumtree in McCarthy Drive, near Cascades Shopping Centre, has caused damage to passing cars and threatened the lives of motorists.

Yesterday, in less than two hours, two cars crashed into the big branch that had fallen into the road, closing one lane of McCarthy Drive.

Meta Petterson, who was driving from Chase Valley Road to Cascades in her Hyundai i10, said “There was oncoming traffic. It was too late for me to stop and this tree is on a curve so you only see it when you get to it.

“You have to swerve into the oncoming lane to avoid the tree. It is not fair that the municipality has done nothing. It would take less than five minutes,” said another angry driver who asked not to be named.

Eyewitness Derek Ridge told The Witness that the situation was dangerous. “As I was driving from the gym, I witnessed a car crashing into the big tree and it was badly damaged. It is totally unacceptable that this tree is still on the road days after it fell,” said Ridge.

“The driver could not do a thing as two cars were coming towards her,” said Ridge.

When The Witness parked nearby after going to the scene of the first accident there yesterday, there was a big crash from the road. A second car had also crashed into the same tree.

“There are no signs to warn drivers to slow down. The municipality must do something before more cars get damaged.”

BP petrol attendants helped an 87-year-old pensioner, whose car tyre was damaged. She told The Witness that her car is not insured.

The petrol attendants who asked not to be named told The Witness that the branch had fallen on Saturday. “We cut this branch to open the road up for the customers to come, and placed the tape so that they can see that there is this danger, but it doesn’t seem to be helping. This is a busy road,” one of them said.

Attempts to get comment from the municipality were unsuccessful yesterday.

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