Pleas for people to slow down on Tauranga roads

Matapihi resident Daryl Thomas. Photos: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

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Residents are appealing for people to slow down on Matapihi Road.

The plea follows two serious crashes on the Tauranga road, in two weeks.

Daryl Thomas lives in the area and approached SunLive on Tuesday evening after two cars crashed on the road before one of the vehicle hit a power pole, snapping it off at its base.

No one was seriously injured in the crash, but the damaged sustained to the vehicles and the pole forced police to shut down the road for about two hours.

The crash resulted in damage to low and high voltage power lines.

The network power has been restored following the crash but there has been some customers who have suffered damage inside their homes.

Powerco Network Control Manager Phil Marsh says around 40 customer homes had been affected. The electricity supply has been isolated for these customers and electrical inspections are occurring now.

“We advise those affected customers to ring their retailers (who you pay your power bill to) if they have any issues in the first instance.

“Customers should also take photos of any visual damage in their homes.”

Phil says this is a timely reminder to treat power lines as live at all time.

He says keep at least four metres away from power lines as downed power lines can kill and cause serious injury.

This is the second serious crash on Matapihi Road in two weeks.

On Thursday, November 14, the road was closed when two vehicle crashed near Russley Drive.

Police say one person was reported to have sustained serious injuries in the crash.

Daryl Thomas was just sitting down to watch the 6pm news when he heard a car come flying down by where he lives and the “power was cut off all of a sudden”.

“I ran straight outside, looked down the road and saw a car had taken out a power pole.

“First looking at it, I thought someone must have been badly injured, but luckily no-one was.

“Cars have been speeding past here for weeks now. It’s quite dangerous because there are a lot of tamariki that play on the road.

“Please, just slow down whanau. Stick to the speed limit. There are a lot of children down here who play with balls. Slow down and be safe. We want our whanau to get through Christmas.”

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Posted on 20-11-2019 16:10 | By Kancho

Pyes Pa road too is a problem with speed. A petition to council seems to have fallen into a hole? I know of Eight accidents in the last three years but obviously isn’t enough to get the council to lower the limit from 60 to the more sensible 50 kph. Crossing the road to the shops is a nightmare as it’s impossible to get across in one go and being caught in the middle of the road with 60 kph plus traffic is scary. I’m amazed no one has been seriously hurt. Traffic in and out of the shops has become huge. This should not be 60 kph area it’s just unnecessarily dangerous. Same up council this has been an issue for years and is getting worse.

On and on and on......

Posted on 20-11-2019 16:08 | By

stop going on about speed. This country is fixated with blaming speed for all crashes. Whilst I agree that both slow speed and fast speed are contributing factors for some accidents, the majority are due to people not giving way, texting whilst driving, on the wrong side of the road etc... 2 accidents in 2 weeks is just bad luck. How many weeks went by where there were no accidents on this road? It’s the quality of driving by Kiwi’s that is the problem.