Speeding motorists give residents sleepless nights

2014-04-04 00:00

TAMBOVILLE residents near Glenwood live in fear of speeding motorists and taxis crashing through their homes and killing them in their sleep.

This is because of a dangerous curve on the area’s busy main road, which is the main route for taxis.

But their attempts to apply for the municipality to install speed bumps there have been thwarted after they were told that there are a massive 3 000 people above them in the list of those wanting speed bumps.

Residents claim there have been several accidents there because of speeding motorists failing to negotiate the bend, losing control and crashing into things.

Daisy Taylor, a resident at Tamboville who lives directly in front of the bend, said last year, a taxi lost control and crashed through her fence and fell on its side, landing in front of her front door. “My first thought was what if this taxi had crashed into my house in the middle of the night while I was inside with my family sleeping; you worry about what could have happened,” said Taylor.

Since then, she, along with other residents, said there have been numerous accidents. This year, two accidents have already been recorded.

A BMW crashed into an electricity pole at a house directly opposite Taylor’s and last week, another car failed to negotiate the turn and flipped, landing on its roof in a ditch near Taylor’s house.

Residents said previously, another car had knocked down an electricity pole that was in front of Taylor’s house while a taxi had knocked down and killed a child.

“We have called our local councillor to tell her of the problem and that we need speed bumps in this area to slow down the cars, but she said there were 3 000 people in Msunduzi waiting for speed humps …” said Taylor.

“I am very afraid one of these days these taxis will crash into my house … they come to the bend speeding, they are right next to each other and most of them miss the bend or they misjudge it and crash,” she continued.

Other residents echoed the need for speed bumps. “One driver lost control and crashed into an electricity pole. He tried to flee but we caught him as he was heading into the open field,” they said.

Local councillor Sandra Lyne said she was aware of the problem and they had applied for speed bumps, but “unfortunately there is a long list ahead of us”.

Attempts to verify the accidents with the police were unsuccessful yesterday.

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