Major El Camino traffic accident: Reason for a traffic study at Watkins and El Camino?
Original post made by Martin Engel on Jul 14, 2007
City staff have indicated the absence of accidents at that intersection as a reason for not insisting on a traffic study to be conducted by the developer of the intended medical/dental project at 1907 El Camino, at that intersection.
With this accident, I would suggest that without a traffic study, this project's builders and the city will be guilty of willful negligence if the next crash at that intersection is as serious or worse.
on Jul 14, 2007 at 11:05 pm
I saw the aftermath - it was a terrible accident.
Nonetheless, any intersection has a small but non-zero chance of being the location of an accident. Whether or not an intersection is dangerous must be judged by looking over a long period of time, not simply at a single event.
on Jul 15, 2007 at 7:58 am
I live on Walnut, one street north of Watkins, and while I don't know the details of this accident, my husband and I have always found it difficult to turn from Watkins onto El Camino because the view south on El Camino is often blocked by parked cars in front of the Acorn Restaurant. I deliberately avoid turning onto El Camino from Watkins.
on Jul 15, 2007 at 2:22 pm
I saw the aftermath of the accident at around 11:30am and both cars were still there and it was horrifying! I have made that turn off Watkins hundreds of times driving my kids to school and it is a very difficult intersection. I believe that some sort of traffic light should be installed...this is not the first accident that has happened at this intersection and I am sure it will not be the last. Something should be done before there is a fatal accident!