Dangerous Auckland road sparks fears of fatal crash

Angry residents in southeast Auckland are begging Auckland Transport to repair a popular road for truck drivers.

Its figures show just six accidents were recorded on Brookby Road in the past four years, but there have been many more which went unreported - and locals fear the next one will be fatal.

Former police officer Grant Tibbits lives on the road and says he doesn't want to see any fatal crashes there.

"I've been to many accidents and I don't want to pick up any more dead bodies," he told Newshub.

"It's more a matter of luck, staying on the road. In the past year there's been at least six [or] seven [crashes]."

A fortnight ago a truck slid off the road in the wet conditions, but no one was injured.

That wasn't the case for another crash the week before, which left one person in hospital with serious injuries.

Dangerous Auckland road sparks fears of fatal crash
Photo credit: Grant Tibbits / supplied

Mr Tibbits's neighbour, David Kenny, said as soon as he heard the crash, he knew it would be bad.

"We thought it was going to be a fatality," he said.

One of the crash victims who came to grief on Brookby Road says he skidded off when it was raining.

"I was lucky to survive," he told Newshub.

"In the longer term, [the road] probably needs re-surfacing... At least temporarily put some signs warning of the surface condition."

Dangerous Auckland road sparks fears of fatal crash
Photo credit: Grant Tibbits / supplied

Auckland Transport told Newshub the road was worn down due to the number of trucks which use it.

It's reduced the speed limit from 100km/h to 50km/h, but locals say more needs to be done.

"Every time it rains, you just wait for the bang," Mr Tibbits said.

"We can't even put our horses out in the front paddock for the fear of them getting injured or them getting out on the road."

Authorities say improvements to the road are planned for this summer, once the weather improves.

"The road's appalling, they know that, spend some money and fix it," Mr Tibbits said.

Rain, speed and poor conditions are combining to make this stretch of road especially dangerous, leaving Brookby residents to pick up the pieces every time someone loses control.