Residents call for action to prevent accidents on road

2014-06-02 00:00

AFTER a spate of fatal accidents, residents of John Zikhali Road, formerly Sydenham Road, want action to be taken.

Resident Annette van der Werff has had her property damaged by several accidents over the years.

In the most recent, just over a week ago, a vehicle ploughed into the wall of her property.

“After four accidents, we had to convert the garage into a wall that is reinforced with concrete deep within the ground,” she said.

Before the wall was converted, Van der Werff said that three of her vehicles had been damaged.

“In one of the accidents, a policeman knocked on my door and asked if I had vehicle in the garage, to which I said yes. That’s when he told me it was no longer in the garage but outside of it.”

She added that the accidents were taking a toll on the emotions of the residents who have had to assist injured people after the accidents.

“Once I went out to try and assist the driver of the vehicle that had crashed into my wall. The neighbours had got him out of the vehicle and onto the pavement. I tried to lift his head up to place a pillow underneath and my hand was covered in blood. I had to be put on antiretrovirals for a month. We just can’t sit back and let people die,” she said.

“I’ve brought up the issue with the municipality on numerous occasions but I cannot blame them. It is very easy for a vehicle to pick up speed very quickly when travelling down the road. We need flashing lights and a sign saying that it is a dangerous road,” she said.

Garrith Jamieson, spokesperson for Rescue Care, said that the accidents on the road were common and that paramedics received call-outs for accidents at least once a week.

“Drivers come down John Zikhali Road from the area around Overport City, on Currie Road there is only one stop street. Drivers who want to cross the road have to cross over four lanes and there are not any robots. We often get call-outs for T-Bone [side-on] collisions, and when vehicles are coming down the road with that kind of force and momentum there is no barrier to prevent them from continuing down the road,” he said.

Jamieson said that it was because of this that vehicles often ended up ploughing into the walls of properties along the road.

Metro police could not be reached for comment before going to press.

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