Residents of the Morne, Castries are calling on authorities to provide more lights and reflectors or extend the barricades on the Old Victoria Road to lessen the chances of future accidents in the area.
This call comes in light of last night’s accident on the Morne, near Caribelle Batik, in which a mini-bus made hit a wall then hit a coconut tree which prevented it from rolling further down a hill.
One resident, who wish to remain anonymous, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that last night’s crash brings back memory of a similar accident a few years ago in which a car crashed into a house.
“It is not rocket science. The road is too narrow. Just imagine we used this as a highway before. Now there are houses everywhere and close to this main road… If another accident like this happens and people are hurt?” he questioned.
According to him, the area where the accident occurred has a “serious turn”, and if drivers are not careful they can end up like the mini-bus. The resident lamented that while the road is used for two-way traffic, it is difficult to accommodate several vehicles at one time because it is narrower than other roads.
He said when vehicles are parked on the side of the road and there is traffic on both lanes, it makes it difficult for traffic to flow smoothly.
However, the resident also believes that drivers need to exercise more caution when using the road.
“We don’t want to wait on somebody to die in an accident like that. So we need something to be done now,” he added.
Another resident expressed similar sentiments, saying that urgent attention should be paid to the issue. He noted that the road is more dangerous at night.
While, the area is not known to have many accidents, he said it is the responsibility of local officials to ensure safety for the traveling public and those living there.