DCSIMG

Ballylisk to get new signs after crashes

DUP councillor Gareth Wilson at the scene of one of the accidents. The telegraph pole has been replaced but debris from one of the vehicles is still there. INPT04-023

DUP councillor Gareth Wilson at the scene of one of the accidents. The telegraph pole has been replaced but debris from one of the vehicles is still there. INPT04-023

Roads Service have agreed to improve signage at Ballylisk after concerns were raised over the number of accidents.

DUP councillor Gareth Wilson recently met officials after five accidents were recorded in just a few weeks at the end of last year.

They took place on the Tandragee side of the main Laurelvale roundabout, and included cars colliding with telegraph poles and other careering into ditches.

Cllr Wilson said he was encouraged by the response from Roads Service who agreed to upgrade directions using signs with a bright, fluorescent background.

He said, “These will hopefully stand out clearer against the backdrop of hedges and farmland and make drivers more aware of the sweeping bends and potential hazards.”

The work should be done within the next six weeks.

He added, “I have been concerned at the number of cars that have left the road through this particular section approaching the new roundabout and it is worrying to see the pictures of vehicles wrecked at the roadside.

“Obviously the safety of drivers and their occupants is of utmost importance and accidents happen when we least expect it.

“I would therefore take this opportunity to reinforce the road safety message of slower speeds and especially over the winter months, we must be aware of the road and visibility conditions and drive accordingly.”

A Tandragee woman involved in one of the accidents had called on the DRD to pinpoint the cause of the spate of crashes.

Mandy Cowan’s Ford Focus was a write-off after it suddenly went into a skid and finished on its roof after ploughing through a hedge.

The mother-of-two grown-up sons said at the time, “I wasn’t injured in the crash, thanks to the fact that I was wearing my seat belt and kept a firm grip on the steering wheel, which follows all the right advice. But I was badly shaken.

“I’ve been driving that road for years without any problem. But the car suddenly went into a skid, and there was nothing I could do.

“I ended up with the car on its side, and I found myself looking at the grass in the field.”

Men working on a bungalow across the road dashed across and held the car firm while she clambered across to the passenger door. “Just after they rescued me, the car tumbled over on its roof. It was a scary experience,” she said.

One local resident, who had been monitoring the crashes, said, “It seems to be a combination of sweeping bends and mud on the roads.”

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page