HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — A span of Albert Pike Street has a rich history. Patrons have been parking their cars in front of the businesses in the Northwest part of Hot Springs for generations.
But lately, it hasn’t been the shops that have brought cars to a stop, but accidents.
“At least probably two a week here lately,” Paula Morris, a long time employee at Taylor’s Cleaners said.
The most recent accident happened Sunday night, as captured by Garland County 911 News.
It took out a power pole at Albert Pike and Richard. The driver ran away.
Two streets down and two weeks earlier, Bill Hall witnessed another accident in front of his printing shop.
“Heard the crash and watched the AT&T truck just plow right into the telephone pole,” Hall said.
It busted a water main and broke a utility pole. Part of it still swings above the repairs.
But even on the straight road, Hall thinks it all comes down to one cause.
“Most of the time I believe it’s because people are texting or talking on their cell phone. I do not believe that they are paying attention to what they’re doing,” he said.
Which leads to another concern, a crosswalk with no lights that he says middle school students walk each day.
“I really feel that it would not be amiss saying that someone’s going to be hit or killed,” Hall said.
Begging for law enforcement to take a closer look at what’s happening on Albert Pike.