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Horrifying collision sparks calls for greater safety measures at accident black-spot in Sutton Coldfield

By Sutton Coldfield Observer  |  Posted: July 11, 2014

Campaigners are calling for improved safety measures at the junction of East View Road and Wylde Green Road after a car overturned following a collision during rush-hour on Wednesday morning.

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CALLS are being made for greater safety measures to be installed at an accident black-spot in Sutton Coldfield after a car flipped onto its roof in a horrifying collision this week.

Two people are believed to have been travelling in the car when it overturned following a collision with another vehicle at the junction of East View Road and Wylde Green Road, near Bishop Walsh Roman Catholic School, during rush-hour on Wednesday morning (July 9).

Residents living near the blind junction say more than just a roadside mirror is needed, with one describing the current situation as 'a tragedy waiting to happen'.

Jan Morgan, aged 60, has lived at the busy T-junction, next to Walmley Golf Course, for most of her life.

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"I have lived here for many years and I have had my garden wall knocked down three times as a result of collisions," she said.

"I'm at home most of the time. There are minor collisions regularly and every so often there is a major collision, like the one on Wednesday.

"I don't understand how a junction like that has allowed to go on for so long. Sooner or later someone is going to get killed – I don't want that to be me or my kids.

"Something is going to happen. It's a tragedy waiting to happen and has been for years."

The concerned resident is now looking to start a petition for action to be taken.

"Perhaps a mini island could be put there to force people to give way, or speed humps," she said.

"Warning signs are also needed at night to warn motorists of the danger.

"I don't know anyone who is happy with the junction the way that it is."

Fellow local resident Sarah Pipkin said: "My entire childhood was filled with crashes at this junction at the end of my road. Decades later and still nothing has been done.

"It's a death trap and even as a resident I avoid using the junction as much as I possibly can.

"A small mirror that often gets covered by vegetation or frost, that has been used for years, is not good enough!"

A female driver was taken to Good Hope Hospital for a spinal assessment following Wednesday's incident, which happened shortly before 9am.

Sutton New Hall councillor David Barrie said: "Over the years there have been quite a few incidents – the problem is, it is a poorly designed junction.

"We have succeeded in putting some measures in place, including speed awareness signs in East View Road. There is no room for an island at what is essentially a blind junction. Traffic lights probably wouldn't work either.

"We are sold on the need to do something – it's just knowing what that something is," he added. "We will certainly go back to our constituency engineers and see what else can be done."

Sutton Trinity councillor Ewan Mackey echoed Cllr Barrie's views.

"We will see what else can be done" he said.

"It is important that what is done doesn't just look good – it has to be effective and deliver what everyone wants."

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  • Thort  |  July 11 2014, 1:55PM

    I've typed this once, but the Observer's useless system then forced me to login, and then lost the comment! Pathetic. The speed limit on East View Road is not a problem, indeed it is farcically low for what is mostly a country lane. The problem could be easily solved by a mini-roundabout, just like it was on Penns Lane at Orphange Rd. The claim that there is not enough room is rubbish, there's the same room as on Penns lane.