Residents appeal for speed humps at accident blackspot in Sheffield

Garage owner Matthew Saccamondo and local residents are appealing for traffic calming measures at a accident balck spot on a bad bend on Howard Road in Walkley. Matthew is pictured with local resident Christine Williams.

Garage owner Matthew Saccamondo and local residents are appealing for traffic calming measures at a accident balck spot on a bad bend on Howard Road in Walkley. Matthew is pictured with local resident Christine Williams.

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Residents are calling for action on a Sheffield street where they claim a collision happens every week.

They say it is only a matter of time before somebody is killed or seriously injured on Howard Road, Walkley, where vehicles repeatedly crash into a wall on a bend.

Garage owner Matthew Saccamondo and local residents are appealing for traffic calming measures at a accident balck spot on a bad bend on Howard Road in Walkley.

Garage owner Matthew Saccamondo and local residents are appealing for traffic calming measures at a accident balck spot on a bad bend on Howard Road in Walkley.

Matt Saccomando, aged 37, who runs a garage on the street, has started contacting South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield Council every time there is a crash.

“Every single week there is a crash on the bend,” he said.

“There is a wall around some apartments and it is just a pile of bricks now because it is constantly getting hit.

“I report every one of the crashes, and it feels like nobody is listening to me, but I won’t give up asking for something to be done because somebody is going to get killed there and then it will be too late.

Garage owner Matthew Saccamondo and local residents are appealing for traffic calming measures at a accident balck spot on a bad bend on Howard Road in Walkley. Matthew is pictured with local resident Christine Williams.

Garage owner Matthew Saccamondo and local residents are appealing for traffic calming measures at a accident balck spot on a bad bend on Howard Road in Walkley. Matthew is pictured with local resident Christine Williams.

“I am amazed that a pedestrian hasn’t been hit with the number of people who walk up and down this street.

“We need speed humps or something to slow vehicles down.”

Dr Kate Richards, 77, narrowly avoided being hit by a car which lost control on the bend on Wednesday.

“I was on the pavement and had my back to the bend when I heard something, looked around and saw a car skidding round it just a few metres away from where I was,” she said.

“It was quite a shock and I agree that something needs done about it because it is a dangerous place - it’s a blind corner on the top of a rise.”

Alison Howard, 41, said she was lucky not to have been hit the day before.

“I was pushing my little boy in his pram, heard an enormous bang, turned round and saw a woman had gone into the wall.

“If I had been on the opposite side of the road or of anyone from the flats had been on the other side of that wall we would have been dead.

“Something has to be done, even if it’s just red paint on the road.”

Police records show there have been 14 collisions reported since 2008, with nobody suffering any serious injuries.

A police spokeswoman said: “We will work alongside our partners in the council and if there is evidence of criminality or motoring offences, we will take swift action.”

And a council spokeswoman said: “We would like to thank the residents for bringing this to our attention. We are looking into the reports we have received and carrying out investigations on the roads in question.

“Once we have concluded these investigations we will then know what the issues are and be in a better position to decide what action, if any, needs to be taken.”