Monday, 26 August 2013

Pole Position

The street light illuminating the ‘safety zone’ crossing opposite Balmoral Road had to double as a stop sign last night as someone clearly driving too fast (or too drunk – or both) ploughed straight into it.

The mangled wreck of the pole looks like a broken straw with bits of the lighting system strewn across the road (most having been moved to the pavement now.) The keep left sign, designed to flex at the bottom when hit was ripped entirely out of the ground and now lies on the pavement 30 or so metres down the road. I’m not sure where it first landed but I wouldn’t have though anyone moving it off the road onto the pavement would deliberately carry it further down the road.

This little stretch of road has seen too many accidents and this clearly illustrates the effectiveness of the so called safety zone here. This would be a very sombre post indeed if someone had actually been standing there when this happened.

The blog understands that this occurred sometime last night. I would be interested if anyone knows any more about what happened. They would have had to be going at quite a speed in order to have done that much damage. Was the car wrecked as much as the pole? Did the vehicle actually drive straight over and keep going? Hopefully no one was hurt but I do hope someone is going to be taking responsibility.

Update (same evening)

The broken pieces have now been cleared away. Thanks to blog reader N. Smith for the comment below filling in a few extra details.