2 deaths, 5 people hurt. From radio broadcast, the brakes of the lorry failed on its way to the capital.
However, this is not the first accident there and probably it won’t be the last one unless the authorities take immediate action. But what action can they take? Large speed breakers? Speed camera detectors? 24/7 presence of police officers in that area?
Most of these accidents are mainly being caused because of the road design itself, being first of all a dangerous curve, the root of all the problems there. The most dangerous one in the whole road infrastructure of the island.
While I agree that some road users might be at fault too, but that road layout is simply BS. There’s nothing about security of road users. A motorway with a speed limit of 40km/hr! As per my figures (Nov 2011), 15 accidents have been recorded there.
Another fact, less than 1km away, authorities once brought the speed limit to 70km/hr. As a direct consequence, the traffic at that area was dense and caused lots of inconveniences. Only then, they realised that they needed to raise the speed limit.
Did they make any wild guess to put a 70km/hr speed limit there?
I do not know about your feelings, but I am disgusted with a feeling of revolt against the road authorities. I am no road engineer but as a road user, I fear each time I go through that curve. There are so many factors that can cause accidents there. And they have been there since months and most probably for a few additional couple of months.