State Road 68 at Blue­berry Hill needs turn lane, light

The Taos News - - FAVOR Y CONTRA -

On Wed­nes­day, around noon on Sept. 26, I was stopped on State Road 68 wait­ing to turn left onto Blue­berry Hill road, brakes em­ployed and blinker on. I live on Blue­berry Hill and am of­ten at this in­ter­sec­tion. I’ve al­ways known it to be haz­ardous as cars more of­ten than not speed by me, pass­ing on the right gravel shoul­der. It’s also very haz­ardous at night, for it’s not il­lu­mi­nated and peo­ple turn­ing onto Blue­berry Hill from ei­ther di­rec­tion can’t see where the turn is. I’m al­ways look­ing in my rearview mir­ror as I wait for a break in the on­com­ing traf­fic to make sure peo­ple are slow­ing down be­hind me.

Yes­ter­day I watched in hor­ror as the car be­hind me was not slow­ing. I tried to quickly move the car to the right to avoid im­pact, but she slammed into the left rear of my car. I spun and rolled down the em­bank­ment on the right, glass fly­ing, airbags in­flat­ing, roof crunched on the pas­sen­ger side. My car is to­taled, the woman who hit me is hor­ri­bly dis­traught, and I came very close to ru­in­ing the hip re­place­ment I had three weeks ago.

I’m not sure who to talk to about get­ting a left-turn lane in­stalled at that in­ter­sec­tion. And a street light. Hope­fully, some­one will see this let­ter and take ac­tion.



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