This morning at about 9AM, two cars crashed at the corner of 51st and Skillman. One car went up on the sidewalk in front of the laundromat, but was stopped by the bollards protecting the fire hydrant.
I talked to the driver of the green car, and she said that she had been going north on 51st and looked for cars going west on Skillman before proceeding. She claimed that she didn’t see the grey car because it was speeding, but the fact that her passenger-side door window was covered with cardboard might have had something to do with that as well.
The front bumper came off her car; you can see it on the sidewalk in the picture above. Everyone involved was alert and walking around. The ambulance was ready to take some of them to the hospital, but I don’t know if anyone went.
We’re lucky that no one was badly hurt here. Clearly some people (I can’t tell which ones for sure) weren’t as careful as they should have been, but our street should be more tolerant of that kind of failure. That means not encouraging drivers to speed, which in turn means sidewalk extensions and possibly two-way traffic.