Call for street lights on M19 after fatal crash

A head-on collision between a silver Polo and a truck on the M19 last Friday night claimed the life of a 53-year-old man.

There have been calls for street lights on Melkbosstrand Road after a head-on collision between a truck and a car last Friday night claimed the life of a 53-year-old man.

The driver of the silver VW Polo had to be cut from the wreckage after it hit a Hino truck, on the road, also known as the M19, that connects the N7 to the West Coast Road, just after 8pm, said provincial police spokesman Captain FC Van Wyk.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital, but died on Monday from his injuries.

Police are investigating a culpable homicide, and Captain Van Wyk asked anyone with information to contact Melkbosstrand SAPS at 021 553 8203 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

Rhine Barnes, from the Melkbosstrand Neighbourhood Watch, said crashes on Melkbosstrand Road were common, especially at night and when it was raining.

Visibility on the road was poor and transport authorities should consider installing street lights, he said.

Melkbosstrand Community Police Forum chairperson Samie Kleynhans agreed that street lights would improve visibility but added that driver behaviour was to blame for most of the crashes.

Ward councillor Paul Swart said he planned to spend part of the ward budget – he would not say how much – on after-hour traffic operations in the constituency, which covers Melkbosstrand, Blouberg Strand, Big Bay, Parklands and surrounds.