Two cars have crashed into homes in Lower Park Road in Loughton in just two weeks

Residents call for action after car lands in living room

Residents call for action after car lands in living room

Residents call for action after car lands in living room

Residents call for action after car lands in living room

Residents call for action after car lands in living room

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East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter, covering Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone. Call me on 07768 507 739

Residents are calling for swift action after a second car has crashed through the wall of a house in just two weeks.

Shortly before 5am this morning a green London taxi and Nissan Micra were involved in a collision on Lower park Road in Loughton.

The taxi, which was carrying a passenger left the road and ended up in the living room of a flat in Roding Court.

Mike Tonkin, 29, was in bed when the car shot through his window.

He said: "Me and my girlfriend were both sound asleep.

"I woke up to a bang and got up to see a set of headlights in my living room. It was a bit a shock I will admit.

"It is only 12 or 13 days since the awful accident over the road at 4 o'clock in the morning.

"It is quite scary. I know that there are issues with the street lighting but people are flying up and down here, too. The road opposite has no markings and don't know that the road has ended.

"Something really needs to be done."

The house is being assessed by structural engineers before a decision is made over the safety of the building.

On February 23, a car crashed into the adjacent block of flats, Collins Court, at 3.45am.

Forty-year-old Naheed Saddique who lives in Roding Court says that swift action needs to be taken.

He said: "The first I knew about it was when my neighbour knocked on my door saying that there was a car in his house.

"It is really worrying for all of us who live here. I have a three-year-old son.

"The Upper Park Road and Lower Park Road junction is an accident hotspot because there are no clear road markings.

"The street lights on this road need to be kept on. My job is managing energy for a large site and I know that keeping lights on in this road would cost them pounds.

"I am afraid that someone could be killed."

Street lights in Epping Forest are currently being switched off between 12am and 5am in Essex County Council's Part Night Lighting Scheme in a bid to save £1.5m across the county.

Four people were treated for minor injuries following the accident this morning.

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11:09am Wed 5 Mar 14

HottRedMan says...

If the road has no marking where it should be and is worn out. Then Essex County Council should be held legally responsible for all damages.
I am sick of these councils who cant be bothered to repaint white linings on roads, but all too quick to repaint yellow lines as it earns them cash.
Tower Hamlets council is THE WORST for this, even at traffic lights the stop line in many places has faded and cannot be seen, if there are any accidents at these locations instances like this, make sure photo the ground. These councils are greedy at giving out fines to people, but when it comes down to road maintenance, like pot holes and white lining, they could not give a monkeys.
If the road has no marking where it should be and is worn out. Then Essex County Council should be held legally responsible for all damages. I am sick of these councils who cant be bothered to repaint white linings on roads, but all too quick to repaint yellow lines as it earns them cash. Tower Hamlets council is THE WORST for this, even at traffic lights the stop line in many places has faded and cannot be seen, if there are any accidents at these locations instances like this, make sure photo the ground. These councils are greedy at giving out fines to people, but when it comes down to road maintenance, like pot holes and white lining, they could not give a monkeys. HottRedMan
  • Score: 10

11:17am Wed 5 Mar 14

coshgirl66 says...

There is no excuse for these sort of 'accidents'. As the resident says 'people come flying up and down here'. When people drive too fast for the road conditions, accidents happen. Except they are not accidents, they are collisions because they would have been perfectly avoidable had the drivers not been driving inappropriately.
There is no excuse for these sort of 'accidents'. As the resident says 'people come flying up and down here'. When people drive too fast for the road conditions, accidents happen. Except they are not accidents, they are collisions because they would have been perfectly avoidable had the drivers not been driving inappropriately. coshgirl66
  • Score: 5

1:14pm Wed 5 Mar 14

It's good to talk says...

coshgirl66 wrote:
There is no excuse for these sort of 'accidents'. As the resident says 'people come flying up and down here'. When people drive too fast for the road conditions, accidents happen. Except they are not accidents, they are collisions because they would have been perfectly avoidable had the drivers not been driving inappropriately.
Yes of course your right about the way people drive but where we live we have had 26 personal injuries, 4 fatalities and numerous impact accidents . The council have improved the area with extra lighting and the collisions have dramatically decreased.
Also don't forget that innocent people are injured by reckless drivers. Turning off street lights to save money puts innocent victims at risk.
[quote][p][bold]coshgirl66[/bold] wrote: There is no excuse for these sort of 'accidents'. As the resident says 'people come flying up and down here'. When people drive too fast for the road conditions, accidents happen. Except they are not accidents, they are collisions because they would have been perfectly avoidable had the drivers not been driving inappropriately.[/p][/quote]Yes of course your right about the way people drive but where we live we have had 26 personal injuries, 4 fatalities and numerous impact accidents . The council have improved the area with extra lighting and the collisions have dramatically decreased. Also don't forget that innocent people are injured by reckless drivers. Turning off street lights to save money puts innocent victims at risk. It's good to talk
  • Score: 4

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