By BELINDA F SCOTT
DEVIATION of traffic via Curacoa Street is being blamed for a spate of accidents which has seen four cars written off in a week at the intersection of Albany and Curacoa streets.
Curacoa Street residents Kevin and Sue Gibson say they have expressed their concerns about this dangerous intersection to council in the past and their concerns have been validated this week.
"You don't notice it until you are right on it," Kevin Gibson said.
"Usually there is no screeching of tyres all you hear is a loud thud of crashing metal, cold shivers go up your spine and you nervously go to the scene to see if you can help, hoping that no one is seriously injured or killed."
Their son Richard Gibson has now collected a graphic photographic record of some of the damage to vehicles.
Upper Orara resident Phil Doyle spent seven hours in hospital on Thursday after being involved in an accident at the intersection and is still wearing a neck brace.
Mr Doyle said his new Toyota Camry Ateva was 'a write off' after the accident which saw a car travelling south up Curacoa Street plough into the side of his vehicle about 6pm on Thursday.
Harbour Drive traffic is being diverted to Albany Street via Curacoa Street while the section of Hogbin Drive between Albany Street and Harbour Drive is closed to traffic for construction of this part of the Hogbin Drive extension.
Mr Doyle said drivers coming up Curacoa Street and unfamiliar with the area were assuming the deviation continued up the hill and were failing to turn left at Albany Street.
He suggested it would be safer to send traffic via Earl Street, where cars would be forced to slow down for the roundabout.
The owner of Peter Dubois Smash Repairs, Peter Dubois, who has three cars in his shop awaiting repairs after accidents at the same spot, said Curacoa-Albany Street was a bad intersection.
"It needs to be brightened up a little bit," he said and suggested single amber lights might help.
Mr Dubois said trees on the corner and a crest on the right as people came up Curacoa Street meant drivers didn't see approaching cars.