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Car smashes into garden in Muswell Hill

PUBLISHED: 16:11 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:38 07 September 2010

The crash scene

The crash scene

ANXIOUS residents are demanding better road safety measures after a car ploughed into a house in Muswell Hill. On Wednesday, at approximately 2.44pm, police were called to a collision in Cranley Gardens. A red Citroen Saxo travelling up Cranley Gardens ha

ANXIOUS residents are demanding better road safety measures after a car ploughed into a house in Muswell Hill.

On Wednesday, at approximately 2.44pm, police were called to a collision in Cranley Gardens.

A red Citroen Saxo travelling up Cranley Gardens had swerved at the road's S-bend with Connaught Gardens and smashed into a lamppost, colliding with the fence at the front of a house and ending up in the garden.

The driver and passenger of the vehicle were taken to a North London hospital.

Elizabeth Cuthbertson, who lives directly opposite to where the accident occurred, said: "I was in my living room and saw the car fly into the fence and into the hedge of the house opposite us.

"It was a complete wreck.

"The driver and passenger stepped out the vehicle but I couldn't believe they weren't more seriously injured.

"If somebody had been walking on the pavement when this happened, they would have been killed. It could have been much more serious."

Residents say that a number of incidents have left them anxious and worried about the safety of their road.

In August, a car collided into a tree and almost destroyed a house in a nearby road.

The accident, which occurred on the corner of Church Crescent and Muswell Hill Road, reduced the wall surrounding 166 Muswell Hill Road to rubble and damaged the tree and a nearby lamp post.

Mrs Cuthbertson, who has a four month old daughter, added: "This is a residential area and most people here have children. The speed at which cars come down the road is way beyond the limit."

Mike McCarthy, founding member of Cranley Gardens residents' association, said: "Cars come down the road at 50 miles an hour.

"Someone's going to get killed. If you approach the S-bend too fast, cars lose control.

"Our residents' association has been campaigning for sometime now to have speeding restrictions on the road.

"There are often children from St James's Primary School walking along the road and the speed that cars race up and down is very dangerous.

"We strongly believe that funds will not be provided by the council and TFL until someone dies."

Cllr Brian Haley, environment boss, said: "We have been trying to get funding for traffic calming in this area for sometime but it does not fulfil the criteria for TFL funding.

"We have just heard that our bid to include this area in the London Cycle Network has been successful and this will involve some traffic calming measures being introduced.

"I hope to meet with residents in December to update them and to begin consultation on the scheme.

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