Concerns had already been raised over the site of horror crash on Bowling Hill in Chipping Sodbury
A HORRIFIC accident on the road between Yate and Chipping Sodbury on Tuesday has led to anger that something should have been done to prevent it.
The crash between a car and a HGV happened at 1.20pm on Bowling Hill near the Bennett’s Court turning. It is believed the driver of the blue Vauxhall Corsa VXR, a man in his early fifties, was turning right into the estate when the car collided with the lorry coming down the hill from Chipping Sodbury.
The car was spun around and badly damaged leaving the man trapped inside. Firefighters freed the man but he had suffered severe injuries to his leg and witnesses were told a medical procedure was carried out at the scene.
A spokeswoman for South West Ambulance Service said the man also suffered chest and head injuries and was incubated and put under anaesthetic before being taken to Frenchay Hospital by land ambulance with a police escort with what police described as ‘life-changing’ injuries. The air ambulance was scrambled and six fire crews helped in the accident.
Avon Fire and Rescue service spokeswoman Stephanie Mounsey said: "When crews arrived on the scene they found a man in his 50s trapped in a car.
"Firefighters quickly stabilised the vehicle, then using hydraulic cutting equipment they removed the roof of the car.
"Working alongside paramedics the man was assisted on to a spinal board and handed over to paramedics who continued his care at the scene."
The driver of the HGV was unharmed.
A number of people were on the scene immediately after the crash including a first aider from Merlin Housing Society, which has offices in nearby Riverside Court, who helped stem the blood flow from the driver’s injuries.
Police closed the road, from the roundabout with Link Road and Goose Green in Yate up to the Bowling Hill roundabout, until 4.30pm forcing parents with children at Broadway infants and The Ridge junior schools and residents to park elsewhere and walk. The accident has raised serious questions over parking bays on the westbound stretch of the road.
Brian Hardy, who lives in Bennett’s Court, said: "Everyone here has been complaining about this. You put your life in your hands trying to get in or out of our road.
"People park all down Bowling Hill and it is such a safety hazard. There have been a lot of near misses and how something like this hasn’t happened before I don’t know."
James Ball, of Couzens Close, has complained to South Gloucestershire Council, which installed the parking bays when it had offices on Bowling Hill, numerous times.
He told the Gazette: "It’s been a massive accident waiting to happen. There simply isn’t enough room for cars to pass safely let along HGVs and buses.
"My complaints fell on deaf ears as I believe the council was using the parking spaces to serve their own needs. Now than an accident of this nature has occurred maybe they will think again and install double yellow lines on the road in lieu of unnecessary and dangerous parking."
A second less serious accident, in which a bus scraped several parked cars, is reported to have happened in the same spot Wednesday morning.
A spokesman for South Gloucestershire Council said: “We are currently awaiting the accident report from Avon and Somerset police and our own accident investigation team who will closely examine the situation.”
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