Thursday, 21 August 2014

Riverside Dr., near Perth, the site of a terrible incident

Riverside Dr., Perth
It is tragic. This road is a terrible one. Hubby travelled it many times, as have I, to go to physiotherapy, or to walk around the track at the gym. It is an awful road, with many spots quite near the Tay River separated only by a few bushes.

At the end, It stops suddenly, and you must take an extreme left turn to follow the road.

In winter it can be slick. The gravel and sand get awash in precipitation and spring melt. Some days it is like driving through fudge. With recent rains, 72 mm over two days last week, it's a horrible road.

You really have to take it slowly, although many do not. Lots of cars and trucks travel this road, many going to the popular gym and spa at a good clip. I always like to test a road like this, tapping the break to determine road conditions. The older I get, the more fearful!

May 2012 road over looks the Tay River
They have not released the name of the young lady who was found in the car, she was found with vital signs absent. Church groups and prayer circles have been circulating messages and the folks at the spa are in shock. Facebook messages of hope have been sprinkled with shock, best wishes, and a call for barriers.

Concerns have been raised at Perth's Town Council, barriers, or perhaps closing the road, rerouting it.

Either way, something needs to be done.

News – Emergency workers have rescued a female teenage driver who was trapped in her car, which was completely submerged in the Tay Canal.

Thank goodness for some heroes who managed to get her out of the car. She's been transported to Kingston. She wasn't breathing when she was taken out of the vehicle by an off-duty paramedic and firefighter. She was submerged for some time, they said.
She was airlifted to Kingston, after being taken to the Perth ER.
Hold your children close.

  1. They said a Drummond/North Elmsley Tay Valley firefighter, an off-duty paramedic from Renfrew and two bystanders helped get her out of the submerged vehicle. That off-duty paramedic, Robert Dodge, told CBC News that he was in Perth picking up some radio equipment when he came across the crash. Aug. 15

Tay River from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
The Tay River is a lovely spot, with a campground, and Riverside Dr. running along side. A terrible road, with a slippery surface, drivers have to be careful. The young lady who ended up in the river in her car is still in hospital.


Kay said...

Oh my gosh! This is so horrifying and tragic.

Kay said...

Oh my gosh! This is so horrifying and tragic.

Red said...

That road looks like a recipe for disaster.

William Kendall said...

I know that stretch. It's a beautiful area, but wary for the driver.

Cloudia said...

Stay safe!