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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Speeding car hits truck on East 2nd Street

PT Cruiser which struck the truck is at the curb to the left.

Once righted, the point of impact on the truck was clearly visible.
Skid marks can be seen in foreground.

Impact pushed truck east of the intersection.
A pickup truck driven by a Plainfield grandfather, with his grandson in the passenger seat, was struck by a speeding PT Cruiser at the intersection of East 2nd Street and Wiley Avenue about 3:45 PM Wednesday afternoon as the truck attempted to cross the intersection.

The force of the impact pushed the truck about 20 feet east of the intersection, leaving it tipped over on the passenger side and with its cargo of concrete pavers strewn in the roadway.

After EMTs from the Plainfield Rescue Squad removed the young boy on a board and tended to the boy's grandfather, a Matthew's tow truck winched the truck back up on all fours and retreived the front panel of the PT Cruiser which had been pinned under the truck.

Neighbors told me the PT Cruiser was speeding east on 2nd Street. Though the driver applied the brakes -- skid marks can be seen in the foreground of the picture -- the car was going too fast to stop.

Councilor Reid has recently spoken out about speeding in the area of the Emerson School, but it is a problem wherever there are long stretches of straightaway between traffic lights.

West 8th Street and Kensington Avenue also witness plenty of speeding. The speed humps that were placed on Kensington Avenue were decried by some and praised by others. Though speeding was dramatically reduced, the speed humps were eventually removed and have not been replaced.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Bob said...

The report of the speed humps on Kensington were replaced by speed bumps, which slow down traffic, but not to the 5 mph required by the orginals. The point was to slow traffic to the speed limit, not make it stop. The orginal people who set this up cost Plainfield a lot of money, when four way stops along the way would have done the trick and signs would have been much cheaper than replacing the over-done humps.

Bob Bolmer

Anonymous said...

Plainfield paid for speed bumps and for the signage to warn people that the speed bumps are there and the speed is 15 mph. Other towns have well designed speed bumps that can be driven over at 25 mph, the speed limit on Kensington. One wonders if the firm that installed the speed bumps was given a 25 mph specification, and if they failed to meet it why weren't they held accountable and the right type of speed bumps put in. A case of good enough for government work or good enough for our contractor friends?

Anonymous said... issue never solved in our city.
tickets...hit them in the wallet....and enforcement in all 4 wards

Anonymous said...

Everybody posting is out of touch. The original speed bumps on Kensington were replaced with lower ones that permit travel without stopping.

Anonymous said...

Stop signs on Kensington and elsewhere seeems to be a simpler, cheaper solution. I hate all those yellow metal signs lining Kensington.

Julia said...

Nothing can stop speeding drivers...if they can get away with a speeding ticket they will do it again and again especially now when they can dismiss tickets very easy.

Even if it's not so affordable to get speeding tickets Toronto drivers still push their cars over the limit and usually they end up in a crash, hurting innocent people.
Someone should find a way to stop this trend because it's not healthy.