A Fylde man whose wife was left with serious injuries after a horror crash at a notorious accident blackspot has today called for urgent improvements.
David Thompson, 30, of St Davids Road North, St Annes, revealed his wife, Chelsea, 26, was “lucky to be alive” after a collision between the couple’s Renault Megane and a Ford Transit van at the junction of St Davids Road North and St Leonards Road last week.
Mr Thompson said doctors were astonished by the severity of his wife’s injuries, adding they were similar to a pedestrian being hit by a car.
He has now urged authorities to improve the road layout to stop anyone else being seriously hurt.
Mr Thompson said: “Considering the extent of the damage done to the vehicle no-one understands how Chelsea is still alive. “Something needs to be done about this junction – I’ve lost count of the number of accidents. What will it take for something to be done about it? No-one is listening – all the neighbours are sick and tired.
“Chelsea has broken her hip bone, pelvic bone and pubic bone as well as suffering whiplash and cuts and bruises – she is going to be in hospital for weeks, if not months.
“Doctors have said the extent of the damage done to her is normally the sort of thing a pedestrian would receive.
“They have never seen injuries like this from someone inside a car. The council needs to do something about it – the amount of accidents at this junction is ridiculous.”
Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the incident around 7.50am on August 20, with firefighters forced to remove the roof of the couple’s car to free Chelsea, who was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for treatment.
The junction has been notorious for accidents for many years, with motorists failing to spot stop signs at St Leonards Road and driving through on to traffic in St Davids Road North.
Recent crashes include three this summer, two accidents in two weeks last May, two accidents in two days in June 2011 and five accidents in a three-month period in 2009.
Mr Thompson said recent safety measures, including the use of bollards, stop signs and road markings had not done enough to improve the situation. He added: “I think they need to shut the bridge at one end. Traffic lights would not work and neither would a roundabout.
“The best thing to do would be to block the road and turn it into a T-junction.”
Ward Coun Tony Ford said he knows of at least 12 accidents at the junction in his six years as a councillor – with many more going unreported to police.
He said: “I think it could be something done quickly and would help to prevent these incidents.”
Karen Cassar, Lancashire County Council highways and traffic manager for Fylde, said: “We have made a number of improvements to traffic signs and lines at this junction and, in recent months, have also added bollards to make as clear as we reasonably can that traffic approaching from St Leonards Road East must give way.
“We’ll consider the police report on the circum- stances of this latest accident and whether any further action may be needed.”
Police confirmed they had spoken to both drivers about the incident.