Close call

Crash sends truck ca­reen­ing to­ward cou­ple in their drive­way.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY BRIAN MCINNIS bm­cin­nis@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/PEIGuardian

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.”

BRIAN MCINNIS/THE GUARDIAN

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.

BRIAN MCINNIS/THE GUARDIAN

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.

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