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Chigwell accident blackspot sees three cars crollide
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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