By John Neary
Published April 01, 2010
A collision between a small car and an SUV at East Avenue and Cannon Street has left an older woman in Hamilton General Hospital with serious injuries.
An anonymous resident was quoted by the Hamilton Spectator as saying, "It's a bad corner. This isn't the first one I've seen here ... The trouble is, if there are cars parked at the corner, no one can see past them," which implies that one of the vehicles was trying to cross Cannon St. on East Avenue.
The Spectator goes on to mention that the passenger side of the small car was "heavily damaged" and that the car hit a concrete pole on the southwest corner of the intersection.
Given that Cannon St. is one-way (westbound), the most logical reconstruction of the collision has the SUV traveling south on East Ave. and the car traveling west on Cannon.
(If either vehicle had been driving north on East Ave., it would have been difficult for one of the vehicles to have hit a concrete pole on the southwest corner of the intersection. And if the roles of the car and SUV are reversed, the SUV would have collided with the driver's side of the car, not the passenger's side. But this is all conjecture.)
Why would a motorist try to cross Cannon from north to south on East Avenue? Well, let's consider the alternatives.
The closest signalized intersection on Cannon to the east of East Avenue is Wentworth St. That's a 1.3 km drive from Cannon and East Ave.
To the west, the closest signalized intersection (not counting Victoria Avenue, which is one-way northbound) is Wellington Street.
That's only 1.1 km away, but getting there involves making a left turn onto Barton St. and another left turn onto Wellington. (Unless you prefer to cross Victoria Avenue on Robert Street, which is just as dangerous as crossing Cannon on East Avenue.)
Just in case it's not obvious already, there is no signalized intersection on Cannon Street between Victoria and Wentworth, a distance of almost 700 metres. Since the traffic lights on Cannon are all synchronized, automobile traffic would not be appreciably slowed down by installing lights at any or all of the cross streets.
Best wishes for a full recovery to everyone involved in this preventable collision.
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