Danger spot on Horsham Downs Rd

Claudia Aalderink  is concerned about the safety of a section of Horsham Downs Rd, after her car ran off the road recently.

“I had just dropped my daughter off at school and was returning home and the next thing I knew, the car had flipped down the bank and landed in a paddock, facing the other direction.”

This is not the first time someone has come to grief on this part of the road.  “The farmer who owns the land told me I’m number 17, since 1996.”

Travelling north, the troublesome spot is a corner on Horsham Downs, past Bankier Rd, with Lake D ahead.

“It took me completely by surprise,  it’s just a slight curve, near the corner. I wasn’t going fast, it was a bit drizzly so I was travelling at about 80km but it’s a 100km area.”

She is concerned if something isn’t done, a more serious accident will happen.

“I want to make people aware of this because it’s only a matter of time before something very bad happens. Milk tankers drive this road all the time.  If a tanker had been coming round the corner, I would have hit it.”

Claudia had to leave her car in the ditch to be towed out later.  “The tow truck driver told me he’d pulled a car out of the same place the previous week.”

A motorist following her stopped and drove her home.  Apart from some pain in her back and shoulder, she is all right.  “I had a headache for about a week, and I’m still a bit sore and stiff. It could have been worse.”

She is not sure what is wrong with the road exactly.  “It’s on a funny angle, the surface of the road is strange.  I drive very carefully when I travel along it now.”

At the very least she would like to see a sign put up to warn motorists of the hazard.

“I totally didn’t see it coming.  It might make all the difference and help to alert people.”

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