CRASH ON ST ALBANS AVENUE
much speed and too little room lead to multi-car collision
Thursday evening, St. Albans Avenue was the
venue for a three car pile up. Fortunately
no one was injured.
with three young men travelling north up the road veered into the
parked cars when it strove to avoid a car travelling south. All
the occupants of the travelling cars were severely shocked.
force of the impact first hit a new Peugeot
so hard, it mounted the pavement and collided
with an Audi parked in front of it. Distraught
owners poured into the road while a mass exchanging
of insurance details took place.
Albans is unfortunately used as a cut-through from South Parade
to Southfields Road. It is a narrow and windy road and extreme caution
is needed to negotiate it as it is impossible to see far enough
ahead to take avoiding action if another car is coming at speed
from the opposite direction. Although visibility is better at night
when headlights mean an approaching car can be spotted earlier,
the road is completely full of parked cars necessitating one of
the cars to reverse quite extensive distances.
of St. Albans Avenue are adept at reversing large distances to allow
cars to pass each other. They are also well-versed at casting filthy
looks at those drivers who seem oblivious to the dangers of exceeding
20 mph on the road.
remain unconvinced of the benefits of speed humps: any houses next
to the humps would suffer increased noise. Another solution mooted
has been putting bollards across the road. This would stop the road
being a rat-run at some inconvenience to the residents.
September 8, 2002