In the 1970s, there were four serious accidents along that stretch in a two- or three-year period, he said. Over the years, a number of trees have been “wiped out” by car accidents, he said. One year, a car landed on his front steps after driving across his neighbor’s lawn, through a fence and over a wall.
He finally prevailed on town officials to install a series of Chevron arrows to alert drivers to the dangers of the curving roadway. Since those signs were installed, he said, the number of accidents dropped significantly.
“That cured it,” he said.
Another neighbor, former Building Inspector Kaija Gilmore who has lived at 83 Elm St. for 32 years, agreed the stretch of road is dangerous. She said that many years ago, the same tree that Miller hit was hit by a car in another serious accident.
“It’s speed,” she said. “Cars go in excess of 50 mph in a 30-mph zone.”