‘Danger road not a concern’

One of the cars involved in a RTA at West View Road.
One of the cars involved in a RTA at West View Road.
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COUNCIL chiefs are refuting a resident’s claim that action needs to be taken on what she sees as an accident blackspot outside her home.

Margaret Keir appeared in the Mail earlier this month describing her horror after a car careered across the central reservation on West View Road, Hartlepool, and ploughed into a fence, narrowly missing her daughter and niece.

Margaret, 56, of West View Road, said at the time of the crash that accidents on the road were a regular occurence and called for action.

But council chiefs say there have only been two accidents on the road in which injury has occured in the past five years.

Margaret, who had to use her skills as a former St John Ambulance volunteer to treat daughter Terri-Leigh Jones, 17, and niece Claire Jones, 22, for shock after the crash on September 1, said: “It’s when they are coming up from the Headland as they get to Warren Road – there’s a sharp bend and I think people forget it’s there.

“One of these days a car is going to hit our property.

“It’s about time the council did something, we want barriers outside homes, bollards or the speed limit lowering.”

But council bosses have now responded to the mum-of-five’s safety calls, saying the road hasn’t been such a cause for concern.

A council spokesman said: “We are happy to look into Mrs Keir’s concerns although our accident records for this particular section of road - which show only two previous accidents involving slight injuries in the past five years - would not initially suggest it is a particular problem area.”

The Mail told at the time of the smash that a grey BMW carrying three men and travelling towards Brus Corner crossed the central reservation on the dual carriageway and ploughed into a silver Seat Altea travelling in the opposite direction, before crashing into a fence, just yards from where Terri-Leigh and Claire were standing.

Thankfully, the people involved were not seriously hurt.