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Road safety fears raised after garden wall crash

A car crashed into wall of a property that backs on to the corner of Amounderness Way and Bourne Way.

A car crashed into wall of a property that backs on to the corner of Amounderness Way and Bourne Way.

A car which demolished a brick wall when it lost control on a busy Wyre road has sparked fresh safety fears over plans to widen the route.

The vehicle hurtled towards the garden of a house that backs on to Amounderness Way after it came off the road in the early hours of Sunday.

The car crossed a grassy embankment where the main road meets Bourne Way, Thornton, and flattened the garden wall before being brought to a stop by a tree on the boundary of the property.

Barnfield Close resident Elaine Fogarty, 54, who lives next door to the house affected, said a planned £1.8m project to widen Amounderness Way will put the houses at more risk.

She said: “The car has gone about three metres over the grass verge before it hits the wall but they want to bring Amounderness Way just a metre away from the properties with no crash barriers.

“This car went through a 10ft-high brick wall and if it wasn’t for a fir tree it could have gone even further. The only thing I ask for is crash barriers to protect the houses.”

Next month, work is set to begin widening Amounderness Way between Bourne Way and West Drive as part of the Highways Agency’s Pinch Point programme. The scheme, designed to improve traffic flow, has been welcomed but residents have raised concerns over the potential for accidents.

Another Barnfield Close resident said: “Sometimes it’s like a test track round here – you get motorbikes coming round late at night and they go at a heck of a speed.”

Nobody from the Highways Agency was available for comment.

 

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