Chigwell accident blackspot sees three cars crollide

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Police attend this morning's crash in Pudding Lane Police attend this morning's crash in Pudding Lane

Three cars collided in the second crash in as many weeks at an accident blackspot.

Police were called to Pudding Lane in Chigwell at 8.25am today following reports of a collision.

No-one was hurt during the crash involving a black Nissan Quashqai, a black Ford Focus and a blue Ford KA.

A car crashed through a hedge at the nearby home of Andy Dhallu, 54, on January 9.

He said: “If they had hit something solid like a tree then it could have been fatal.

“I’ve had two cars go through my hedge and if they had been another 20 metres down the road they would have come into my garden.

“It’s extremely worrying and drivers need to realise they have to slow down.”

Residents believe a slope on the section of the road causes drivers to lose control in difficult conditions.

The residents of Pudding Lane have been campaigning for improved safety for 30 years and Essex County Council reduced the speed limit from 60 mph to 30 mph in 2009, but the accidents have continued.

Last year a driver lost control and careered into Mr Dhallu's front gate and a 30 mph sign which is yet to be repaired.

Tom Yusef, 68, spokesman for Pudding Lane Residents Campaign Group, said: “It’s not an issue about property damage it’s about lives being at risk.

“The only solution is to put speed humps in the road but our arguments are falling on deaf ears because that will cost Essex county Council a lot of money.”

Derrick Russell, 60, from Loughton was the most recent fatality in the road in November 2007.
The Guardian has contacted Essex County Council for a statement.

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4:44pm Mon 20 Jan 14

HappyDucks says...

"Residents believe a slope on the section of the road causes drivers to lose control in difficult conditions."

No: what causes drivers to lose control is that they are driving too fast for the conditions, they do not anticipate possible hazards and they do not take enough care. Too many people drive while assuming that nothing will be coming towards them or be stationary around blind bends / over the brow of hills etc. so they have no time to react when they do come across anything unexpected.

No amount of road layout changes will stop accidents happening on this notorious stretch of road.
"Residents believe a slope on the section of the road causes drivers to lose control in difficult conditions." No: what causes drivers to lose control is that they are driving too fast for the conditions, they do not anticipate possible hazards and they do not take enough care. Too many people drive while assuming that nothing will be coming towards them or be stationary around blind bends / over the brow of hills etc. so they have no time to react when they do come across anything unexpected. No amount of road layout changes will stop accidents happening on this notorious stretch of road. HappyDucks

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