Bang Up Bend

by · November 23, 2012

You have to ask yourself: what is so important you can’t slow down to prevent an accident?

By Charlene Jones

It happens with tragic regularity on what might be called Bang Up Bend. The abrupt curve where the Ninth Line hugs Musselman’s Lake, here on the south side has again foiled the plans this time of a Saturday night driver.

The sound, a curious steady hum followed by a resounding thud seemed to come from right outside our house but when I checked, the red lights flashed ominously off and on from just up the way, just past the bend.

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2011 Accident – Photo by Kevin Wigmore

After dialing 911 where the operator told me many vehicles were already on the way, I opened a front window.

The unsettling wail of despair and remorse sounded out once, then again as someone recognized the truth of the situation.

Whether substance was involved, whether emotions running high played a part, the truth is very simple: someone tried to take the bend way beyond the posted 20K.

Today the large orange and black pylons that regularly sit on the turn are there, standing upright, but the steel highway fence beyond has been thrown out of whack and the wooden posts that fix that steel in place dangle eerily in space. A long streak of dirt toward the south, veering off in the opposite direction from the lake tells the tale of how the driver swerved to avoid meeting the water. This time the guardrail held the badly damage vehicle from going into the lake. And all of it might have been prevented with a little more caution and a little less accelerator while approaching “Bang Up Bend”.

You have to ask yourself: what is so important you can’t slow down to prevent an accident?

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