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A concerned resident has urged the Bermuda Government to make road improvements to a dangerous bend in the wake of an accident that left a woman in intensive care.

Everett Gibson, a 69-year-old former Reserve Police officer, told The Royal Gazette that three cars had ended up in his yard after drivers lost control of their vehicles on the bend on Middle Road in Southampton close to St John's Place.

He said the road surface was crumbling away and the edge of the carriageway sloped away, making it perilous to drivers who did not know the stretch well.

“It is a ridiculous situation,” Mr Gibson said. “I have been trying to reach out to Government and the road engineers for a long time now and have got nothing back.

“Since this most recent accident I have also tried to contact the ministry again to explain what a dangerous corner this is and that the situation needs to be addressed.

“During the 38 years I have lived here three vehicles have ended up in my yard because drivers have lost control on this corner. My neighbour had his fence knocked down and the electricity pylon has been knocked over more times than I can remember.”

Mr Gibson's comments come just days after a driver lost control of his vehicle on the same stretch of road that resulted in two passengers being thrown out of the vehicle.

The female passenger is still being treated in the Intensive Care Unit, while the male passenger was discharged from hospital after treatment.

Mr Gibson added: “This is a serious situation.

“The road is crumbling away and it falls away at the edge making it very dangerous to drivers that are not used to this particular stretch of Middle Road in Southampton.

“This latest accident should serve as a reminder to Government that something really needs to be done soon.”

The Royal Gazette contacted the Department of Public Works for comment, but we did not receive a response by the time we went to press.

Crazy corner: Everett Gibson says there are too many major accidents on his doorstep (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Perilous stretch: Everett Gibson says the road surface is crumbling away and the edge of the carriageway slopes away (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published June 30, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated June 30, 2016 at 7:31 am)

Residents demand action over dangerous road

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