Decatur Police provide details about another accident on South Candler StreetA photo from an Oct. 3 rally held by the group Calm Candler. Photo provided by Calm Candler
Decatur Police have released details about another accident on South Candler Street, making this the fourth reported accident in that area in recent weeks.
“On October 3, 2018 at approximately 7:13 am, Decatur Police responded to an accident on East College Avenue at South Candler Street,” Lt. Jennifer Ross said. “Vehicle No. 1, a Chevrolet van, was traveling eastbound on East College Avenue at South Candler Street. Vehicle No. 2, a Chevrolet pick-up truck, was traveling southbound on South Candler Street at East College Avenue. Driver No. 1 stated he ran the red light. Vehicle No. 2 struck vehicle No. 1 in the driver’s side door. Vehicle No. 1 sustained moderate damage to the driver’s side door and driver’s side panel. Vehicle No. 2 sustained moderate damage to the front bumper. No injuries were reported on scene. Driver No. 1 was issued a citation for failure to obey a traffic control device.”
Residents concerned about traffic on the road have pointed to the crashes as evidence the road is unsafe. South Candler has seen some notorious incidents this year.
There was a murder on South Candler at Midway Road in June and last month there was a fatal accident on Midway Road at South Candler caused a driver who was allegedly intoxicated.
A Sept. 25 accident happened in the 700 block of South Candler Street and was caused by a red car slamming into a postal truck that was stopped to deliver mail. The truck was shoved over the sidewalk on the other side of the street. Children were waking home from school at the time.
A hit and run driver caused another accident on Oct. 1 on South Candler Street near East College Avenue. A driver was traveling southbound on South Candler Street from East College when a gray vehicle entered the roadway from a private parking lot, turning left onto the road. The gray vehicle struck the other vehicle in the front corner of the driver’s side, pushing that vehicle onto the curb. The gray vehicle did not stop and continued traveling on South Candler.
The Calm Candler Facebook group has requested that the city and the Georgia Department of Transportation do more to improve safety on the road, which is a state route. The city says it has taken several steps to make the road safer. To learn more about this issue, click here.