CALLS have been made to improve a Portsmouth road junction after an elderly woman was left fighting for life following a crash there.
The woman, named locally as 77-year-old Audrey Clover, was hit by the lorry as she was crossing the road.
The accident happened at the mini-roundabout at the junction of Locksway Road and Milton Road shortly before 9.40am yesterday.
Mrs Clover was left lying on an island in the middle of Milton Road after the accident.
She lost one leg as a result of the collision, and fractured the other and was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital, which is a Major Trauma Centre.
The road remained closed until yesterday afternoon as police continued their investigations into what happened. No-one else was injured.
Some local residents have previously expressed concerns about safety on the roundabout, which was installed in place of a junction last year.
The roundabout has been the site of many accidents since it was installed, most notably after a police car and a Renault Clio collided in December.
Eastney and Milton councillor Will Purvis said he had raised concerns about the junction before but was told there were not enough funds to improve signage on the approach to the roundabout.
He said: ‘One of the reasons the roundabout was put in was because of people trying to pull out of Locksway Road and colliding with traffic going too fast down Milton Road.
‘My colleague Caroline Scott and I have raised this but we have been told there is no funding.
‘After this collision, this cannot wait – it’s clearly a dangerous junction and it’s now got to be a priority.’
Calls have been made by residents for the signs to be improved, the mini-roundabout to be removed, or for traffic lights to be installed.
Kathy Wadsworth, Portsmouth City Council’s strategic director for regeneration said: ‘I’d like to extend our thoughts to the woman who has suffered distressing injuries following the road traffic incident.
‘We’re working with the police to understand the actual cause. We can’t speculate until we have established exactly what happened.
‘I’d like to reassure residents that we have responded to improving the road layout of the area including advance warning signage and clearer road markings. Further plans to make changes to the area are also being developed.’
‘It was an accident was waiting to happen’
RESIDENTS and shop owners say the junction needs to be changed.
Lisa Burton, owner of Panini Junction sandwich shop on Milton Road, said: ‘I’ve phoned the council twice about this junction, I said to them someone will be killed.’
Darren Hatton, 31, of Cromarty Avenue, added: ‘Since they have put a roundabout in, there has been accident after accident after accident.’
‘I’ve got little‘uns coming up here and I don’t want them in the same way.’
Richard Lockwood, of Milton Park Avenue, agreed. He said: ‘People do not see it and it there have been so many near misses, there was always something going on.’
‘The configuration of the roundabout is totally wrong, in my opinion. They should have two lanes instead of one. Every day there is hooting and tooting, all day long.’
‘We’ve had an anxious 10 minutes waiting for my wife to come home as we didn’t know who it was.’