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Accident on Hedgehog Lane Raises Questions About Safety

A recent two-car crash on Hedgehog Lane in Simsbury has caught the attention of local law enforcement.

After a non-fatal but serious two-car crash on Hedgehog Lane, Simsbury Police are taking another look at the posted safety recommendations and speed limits for a stretch of road that has become known for accidents.

At 7:45 p.m. Thursday night, police and volunteer emergency personnel responded to an accident on Hedgehog Lane in Simsbury's west end, a stretch of road that has seen 5 reported accidents in the past four years.

This marks the fourth accident of the year on the notoriously winding road that passes through a quiet residential neighborhood. The posted speed limit is 25 mph, a suitable speed for sharp s-curves that lie about half-way down the road from either direction.

Simsbury Police Captain Nicholas Boulter said the department has taken notice of the frequency and the causes of the accidents on Hedgehog Lane.

"The cause of most of the accidents in 2011 was driver error," Boulter said. "Except for one accident it was always speed related."

Caution signs are posted on either end of two particularly windy stretches of the road warning speeding drivers of the sharp curves ahead. Combine the windy roads with inclement weather and the conditions are prime for at least a single-vehicle accident.

Police are still investigating the cause of a serious accident that injured two drivers last week. One vehicle drove up an embankment next to a large tree and the other appears to have crashed and caught fire. Neither driver sustained life-threatening injuries, police said.

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None of the accidents on Hedgehog Lane have been fatal, according to police records. But the accidents can be severe.

"It's windy with several curves and there's two intersections," Boulter said.

Boulter said police have increased patrols on Hedgehog Lane and are currently reevaluating the safety recommendations for that road.

According to the Simsbury Police Department, the total number of accidents on Hedgehog Lane in recent years are as follows:

  • 2012, 4 accidents
  • 2011, 1 accident
  • 2010, 0 accidents
  • 2009, 0 accidents

The Simsbury First Selectman's office has not received any correspondence from residents about that particular road. Tom Cooke, director of administrative services, said town officials weren't aware of any safety issues on Hedgehog Lane but last week's accident caught local law enforcement's attention.

"We'll wait and see what the Simsbury Police Department recommends," Cooke said.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story stated that there were 5 accidents on Hedgehog Lane in 2010. A new statement from police said there were actually 0 accidents in 2010. According to police the 5 reported accidents were actually on roads nearby Hedgehog Lane.

Marcie October 02, 2012 at 04:26 PM
The corner of Hop brook Road and Hop Hollow Lane near Brook Drive is also very dangerous. There was a fatal accident there a few years ago.
Robert Kalechman October 02, 2012 at 10:08 PM
How many times will simsbury blame the other guy or gal when in are hearts we known the answer the town of Simsbury has to enforce the driving laws in downtown Simsbury Route 10 at west street and Hopmeadow (RT.10) the car passing on the right is going on all the time Speed limits all over town are to high school zone speeding is not enforced ,speed Limits are to high for traffic citizen can not cross Street and the town leaders look the other way and some set a very poor example by speeding and become the Chairman of public safety committee and tells other how to drive Simsbury it time to act their is to much traffic being put on to Hopmeadow Street and Route 10 by traffic studies done by the town of Simsbury with their fancy French names Studies
David Reuter October 02, 2012 at 11:49 PM
The First Selectman's office stated that there were no complaints about the dangerous driving situation on Hedgehog Lane. That is either an error in record keeping, or an attempt to abuse the truth, My wife has spoken to the First selectman and written a letter to the Chief of Police explaining the problem. She also spoke to the Chief of Police on two occasions. We have called the police station on numerous occasions. After living on Hedgehog Lane for 40 years and remember many accidents. I was hit by a car while walking on Hedgehog Lane ( about 25 years ago), and a speeding driver killed my beloved dog just last year, Additionally, my wife was awakened one evening about 23 years ago by a police officer asking about the car sitting upside down on our front yard stone wall. Another night a young man who had lost control of his car on Hedgehog Lane, amputating his left arm when his car went off the road and struck a reinforced mail box. I can't recall all the other accidents on Hedgehog Lane, but I recall a fatality at the intersection of Hedgehog Lane that used to have a large tree dividing the road in half, as it intersects with Old Farms Rd. I Hedgehog Lane is an old country road, once called Skunk Path, that has never been truly upgraded for the present traffic load, it is about time for the needs to addressed with an appropriate plan of action.
POODETWA May 27, 2013 at 07:28 PM
I'm so sorry about dog. as for the young man-- what an idiot!

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