Residents living near an accident blackspot not far from the village of Clerihan are fearful that someone will be killed on the road, if something isn’t done about its surface.
A section of road near Darcy’s Cross, Clerihan, has been the site of an unprecedented number of car crashes, mostly single vehicle, over the past number of years.
Since April 2013, there have been 11 crashes on the exact same stretch of road. This information came from a resident whose home is located very near the site. John Lee finds himself regularly flagging down traffic after a crash and has recorded such instances since April, but says that many more have occurred there before then.
Residents believe that there is a problem with the surface of the road.
“Certainly we think this is the case,” said localman John Lee. “Everybody isn’t flying on the road, most are going slowly, we feel there is a fault on the road,” he said. Locals have been lobbying public representatives about the issue.
FG Cllr Michael Murphy travels the road several times each day and intends to raise this issue at next Monday’s South Tipperary County Council meeting.
“I know this location extremely well, in fact I drive through it several times a day as I work only a short distance away.
“I’ve personally attended a number of accidents at this location, especially over the last two months, so I’ve seen first hand the carnage that occurs at Darcy’s Cross. Unless the Council act, and act now, somebody will be killed,” he said.
“Having regard to the high accident rate, I’ve formally tabled a motion for the November meeting of South Tipperary County Council calling on them to urgently investigate and implement measures to improve traffic safety at this dangerous location before there is a fatality.” He believes such measures could include an anti-skid road surface and 24hr flashing warning signs.
Mr Lee, a retired council worker, said that he believes that the surface of the road is too smooth, following resurfacing work some years ago. The same road works were also done on several nearby stretches of road, and there have been increased instances of accidents there too, he said.
“Following accidents you would hear people say that the car ‘just took off’ on them,” said Mr Lee. Rainfall is also a problem.
“Even just one shpower of rain can do it,” he said.
“There hasn’t been anyone killed here yet but our worry is that will change. It is a very busy road and our worry is that schoolchildren could be involved in something,” said Mr Lee.