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DK7. Fatal accident in Ćwiklinek. Residents alarmed that the road was unsafe

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Last week, a tragic accident took place in the newly opened section of the “seven” in Ćwiklinek, in which one person was killed and four were injured. – The road is on a gentle hill and drivers cannot see cars coming from the opposite direction. Nevertheless, there is a dashed line on the road – our reporter described, who also learned from the inhabitants that they had already applied for improving safety in this place. The General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways, even after a fatal accident, remains adamant and does not plan any changes.

At Wednesday morning on the national “7” in Ćwiklinek there was a head-on collision between BMW and Nissan. The 51-year-old driver of the first car was killed in the accident. Four other people were also admitted to the hospital, including the deceased man’s child. The cars collided on the newly opened section of the technical road that runs along the rebuilt “7”. Ultimately, it will be a collective road serving local traffic, because an expressway from Płońsk to Napierek is being built next to it, but at the moment all traffic takes place through it. – The local residents told me that it was a very dangerous place and since May, when this section was opened, there have already been four road incidents here – said Tomasz Zieliński, the reporter of tvnwarszawa.pl, who was at the accident site.

His account shows that the road was built on an embankment, and a water culvert runs underneath it. – The road is on a gentle hill. Drivers cannot see cars coming from the opposite direction. Nevertheless, there is a dotted line on the road to indicate that it is possible to overtake. People with whom I spoke say that they have been asking the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways for a long time to improve safety in this place. In fact, it would be enough to paint a continuous line, not a broken line – described our reporter.

A spokeswoman for the Płońsk headquarters, Kinga Drężek-Zmysłowska, told us that two other collisions had occurred in this place since May. – Of course, we are talking about incidents reported to the police. It is possible that there were more of them, but no one reported them to us. Wednesday’s collision is the first more serious event in this place and the first fatal accident in the Płońsk poviat this year – emphasized Drężek-Zmysłowska.


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Head of the commune: the inhabitants informed GDDKiA that it was dangerous there

Wednesday’s accident happened while overtaking. As the head of the Płońsk commune, Aleksander Jarosławski, told us, the BMW driver was driving towards Gdańsk and might not have been careful during the maneuver. – The Nissan was driven by a municipality employee on her way to work. She, too, ended up in a hospital in Płońsk with injuries, he added.

Jarosławski also confirmed that the residents reported comments regarding road safety, where the tragedy took place: – They informed GDDKiA that it was dangerous on the section of the S7 route under construction. They submitted their comments by phone, directly to the GDDKiA branch, and the commune also submitted them orally to the contractor. No overtaking and speed limit road signs on this section of the S7 road have been installed and are visible.

We asked Małgorzata Tarnowska, the spokeswoman for the Warsaw branch of GDDKiA, whether the management had received signals that the section in question was dangerous. – No such requests were found from the residents – replied Tarnowska. She also argued that the traffic organization is adapted to the surroundings: – The adjacent area is a construction site. Temporary traffic organization is in force there. According to it, the speed is limited to 60 kilometers per hour.

Does GDDKiA plan to introduce any changes in this section after a fatal accident? – We are not currently planning any changes to the traffic organization. In the fourth quarter of this year, there will be a change in traffic organization and drivers will then have two roadways with two lanes in each direction – summed up Tarnowska.

Main photo source: Tomasz Zieliński / tvnwarszawa.pl

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