It is only a matter of time until someone is killed at
the intersection of Blackhead Rd and Emerson St, a resident of
the area says.
Ken Close told the Otago Daily Times he feared for the
safety of road users after a serious crash at the
intersection during the weekend.
Mr Close was in bed when he heard a ''loud bang'' about
9.30pm on Saturday.
He got dressed and drove down his driveway to the site of the
''I ran over to the car and opened the door. I ran my hands
down [the driver's] legs and he had broken his legs,'' Mr
''He was gripping the steering wheel that hard and it had
caved in ... I had to pull his fingers off the steering wheel
and pull him back so he could breathe.
''He was bleeding profusely... I was quite cut up about it.''
It was not the first time he had seen a crash at the
intersection - he estimated 50 had occurred at the
intersection in the 19 years he had lived in the street - and
he had ''seen a lot of close calls''.
''If he had gone through there and ... hit someone else
they would would have been killed,'' he said.
''It's a wonder that no-one has been killed.''
Northbound motorists regularly crossed the centre line on the
road, even if they slowed when approaching it, he said.
A lamppost was recently installed on the road but the only
way to improve the road's safety was to re-engineer it, Mr
Dunedin City Council senior traffic engineer Ron Minnema said
the lamppost was installed to improve the lighting of the
road and its safety.
It was a ''proactive'' measure by the council and the
appropriateness of the location was considered before it was
installed, he said.
The pole was frangible and would collapse if struck by a car.
It was in a 50kmh area.
The intersection was not one of the council's high-risk
intersections or roads, he said.
The most high-risk intersections and high-risk roads
accounted for about 29% of all injury and fatality crashes in
the city, he said.
Southern District Command Centre deployment co-ordinator
Senior Sergeant Kelvin Lloyd said inquiries into the cause of
the crash were ongoing.
Investigation into speed and whether the driver had been
drinking would form part of those inquiries, he said.
The 35-year-old driver was in a stable condition in a general
ward yesterday afternoon, a Dunedin Hospital spokesman said.