Crash sends truck careening toward couple in their driveway.
Rod Campbell and his wife were unloading groceries from their SUV when they heard the crash and he knew instantly that it was a collision at the nearby intersection.
When he looked toward the sound he saw an out of control half-ton truck heading toward them, meaning the couple had a mere fraction of a second to jump out of the way or they could have been seriously injured or maybe even killed.
As it turned out the truck, driven by a young woman, was in a crash with a smaller car operated by an elderly woman. She was taken to hospital with unknown injuries, although her car appeared to be a write off.
The young woman was not injured.
The accident occurred at the intersection of the Lower Malpeque Road, the Sleepy Hollow Road and Melody Lane in Charlottetown late Wednesday afternoon.
Campbell and other witnesses said they felt speed was a factor in this accident and speeding in the area has been an ongoing problem.The speed limit is 70 km/h on the Lower Malpeque Road after motorists turn off Highway 2, then it becomes 60 km/h until the intersection where the accident occurred and then it immediately drops down to 50 km/h.
“If anybody is doing 60 (at the intersection) it is amazing… it’s just the fact that people are going too fast on the road and the 50 (km/h) should be set farther back to try to slow people down coming into Charlottetown,”
Campbell said in an interview as crews worked to clear the debris off the road and get the vehicles removed.
“We are still in the city here and this area here is getting more and more built up with more and more traffic and it is just crazy how fast people go on this road.”
Campbell said the intersection is a common place for accidents.
“We sit out here on the deck and drink our coffee and we just shudder at the speed of the vehicles and the near misses that happen.”
Debris is swept off the road following a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of the Lower Malpeque Road, Melody Lane and Sleepy Hollow Road Wednesday afternoon. An elderly woman was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries after the crash between a small car and half-ton truck. The driver of the truck was a young woman and was not injured.
Rod Campbell sweeps debris from his driveway following an accident at the intersection of Melody Lane, Lower Malpeque Road and the Sleepy Hollow road Wednesday afternoon. The marks on his lawn are visible and mark the spot where a half-ton truck involved in the accident came to rest forcing Campbell and his wife to scramble.