OAP lorry accident sparks demands for crossing on busy road

Police at th scene pf the crash
Police at th scene pf the crash
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NEIGHBOURS near the scene of a serious accident have called for a crossing to be put in to improve safety.

People in Woodland Street and Olinda Street, who cross nearby St Mary’s Road in Kingston, Portsmouth, say the area is too dangerous for pedestrians.

Their warning comes after an 84-year-old woman was hit by a lorry in St Mary’s Road on Monday.

She suffered life-threatening injuries and is being treated in hospital.

Miriam Foyer, 33, of Woodland Street, said: ‘I have to say it is very dangerous to cross St Mary’s Road.

‘There is always a lot of traffic which makes it dangerous to cross. There should be a pedestrian crossing.’

Georgina Anthony, 68, who lives on nearby Olinda Street, said: ‘St Mary’s Road is very busy, especially with the temporary traffic lights, making it hard to cross.

‘I don’t know why there was such a big lorry going down this street.’

The crash took place at 1.30pm on Monday, when the elderly pedestrian was hit by a heavy goods vehicle belonging to Brit-European, a cross-Europe goods transport firm.

She was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital and Hampshire Police describe her condition as stable.

Portsmouth City Council’s leader for traffic and transport, Cllr Jason Fazackarley, promised to consider residents’ concerns.

He said: ‘To my knowledge, there haven’t been any specific complaints or concerns raised with the council about St Mary’s Road.

‘But it’s our job to make sure roads in the city are safe and we will take a look at any issues raised.

‘I don’t know if we could ban HGVs from roads like this, because there have to be deliveries made to local businesses, but there are other things we can do and we’ll look at the road in future.

‘We will look into the circumstances and will wait and see what the police and other road safety bodies have to say before we make any decisions, but speed reduction measures, street signs and repainting road markings can all help.

‘If anyone wants to make suggestions about road safety they can contact me directly, or go to the council’s transport department, and let us know. We will consider what people have to say.’

n The driver of the truck, a 60-year-old man from East Sussex, has been arrested and bailed by police.