By Kamal Haynes, BVI News Staff
Residents of Gene Hill and surrounding areas are calling for government to put the necessary road markings in place to guide motorists and ensure there is proper separation of traffic along the area’s thoroughfare.
Those calls follow the fatal accident between a fuel truck and a motor scooter on Gene Hill Tuesday afternoon. The scooter rider — a 27-year-old resident of Greenland, Tortola — died.
Residents who opted to speak to spoke to BVI News anonymously were vocal on how some vehicles — especially the larger types — traverse the Gene Hill area.
One male resident said vehicles often sway to the middle of the roadway while travelling through his community. He further said he believes the absence of line markings in the road is a contributing factor.
“On this Gene Hill, a lot of truckers come around the corner in the middle of the road. So if you have to pass a vehicle, you’re going to get hit. I live there and every day I have to be cussing people for why they coming around that corner so close to the inside,” he stated.
“I don’t know if it is the same situation [that caused Tuesday’s fatal accident], but I know what I experience as a resident of this hill. The truckers always in the middle of the road since there is no line to tell nobody which side is their side.”
Lack of line-markings an issue
While sharing his experience as a motorist travelling through the area, a resident from the neighbouring community of Baughers Bay expressed similar sentiments.
“That’s a regular thing. Once you come down this hill, you mostly be in the middle of the road. Most people be in the middle of the road coming down this hill,” the Baughers Bay resident said.
“Up here don’t got no lines in the road for a long time and that is an issue because, then, you don’t know what side of the road is yours and then sometimes some people does still come on you even though you think you know your side of the road,” he added.
They along with other bystanders to Tuesday’s crash said it was time for government to ensure that both Gene Hill and other roads in the territory are properly marked.
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