Latest Blackburn Road smash prompts new road safety call

Fire crews and ambulance staff after the crash in Blackburn Road, Great Harwood

Fire crews and ambulance staff after the crash in Blackburn Road, Great Harwood

First published in East Lancashire Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

RESIDENTS are calling for road safety measures to be put in place following a three-car smash.

A driver had to be pulled out of his 4x4 in Blackburn Road, Great Harwood, after his stationary vehicle was hit.

Those living in the area said it was the third crash they had seen in recent months and called on councillors to bring in traffic calming measures.

Adam Earnshaw, who lives in Hope Street, said: “I live about ten metres away from where it happened. I heard a screeching and a big bang.

“We need something done on that stretch because sooner or later somebody is going to die.”

In January last year, a van ploughed into the wall at Little Brook Children’s Nursery resulting in a three-year-old suffering minor cuts.

The latest collision involved a blue Vauxhall Astra just after 6pm on Monday.

The vehicle collided with the 4x4 and a Renault Kangoo as well as the wall at Great Harwood Cemetery.

Nobody was injured but a man was arrested.

Father-of-one Marc Arthur, 31, of Windsor Road, said he would like to see measures such as a speed camera, road bumps or a pelican crossing.

The support worker said: “I am sure that if anyone was stood on the corner where this crash happened, they would have died.

“Something needs to be done there. It was one of the worst crashes I have seen.”

Overton ward councillor Gareth Molineux said he supported the residents and added he would speak to Hyndburn MP Graham Jones about what could be done.

He said: “The issue of this road and this particular area of the road is not new.

“For the last couple of years, residents have been asking for calming measures and I’ve spoken to Lancashire County Council.”

Coun Molineux said it was a difficult situation as legislation meant a single form of traffic calming was not possible on an A road. Oliver Starkey, county council highways manager for Hyndburn, said: “We're aware of this incident and will discuss the circumstances at the next of our regular meetings with the police to evaluate whether there's any action we could reasonably take to prevent similar incidents in future."

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6:20pm Wed 28 May 14

Ex-Darrener says...

I suppose the LT will say the point is I need to read it to find out which, but the heading is rather confusing as there are Blackburn Roads all over east Lancs.
I suppose the LT will say the point is I need to read it to find out which, but the heading is rather confusing as there are Blackburn Roads all over east Lancs. Ex-Darrener
  • Score: -9

6:26pm Wed 28 May 14

brossen99 says...

Caused due to the intermittent occasional ABS " Fail Danger " fault which can be induced by striking a pot hole or rippled road surface yet impossible to prove after the incident and which the Police are fully aware of yet it my lead to a driver being convicted for dangerous driving and sent to prison to hide the fact ?
Caused due to the intermittent occasional ABS " Fail Danger " fault which can be induced by striking a pot hole or rippled road surface yet impossible to prove after the incident and which the Police are fully aware of yet it my lead to a driver being convicted for dangerous driving and sent to prison to hide the fact ? brossen99
  • Score: 0

8:04pm Wed 28 May 14

John Peters says...

Of course it was an ABS failure brossen99. The fact that the driver was well over the limit and speeding has nothing to do with it. I suppose the police invented those facts!
Of course it was an ABS failure brossen99. The fact that the driver was well over the limit and speeding has nothing to do with it. I suppose the police invented those facts! John Peters
  • Score: 18

8:05pm Wed 28 May 14

pete08 says...

brossen99 wrote:
Caused due to the intermittent occasional ABS " Fail Danger " fault which can be induced by striking a pot hole or rippled road surface yet impossible to prove after the incident and which the Police are fully aware of yet it my lead to a driver being convicted for dangerous driving and sent to prison to hide the fact ?
Occasional ABS fail? It it had nothing to do with him doing over 80mph on that stretch then?
[quote][p][bold]brossen99[/bold] wrote: Caused due to the intermittent occasional ABS " Fail Danger " fault which can be induced by striking a pot hole or rippled road surface yet impossible to prove after the incident and which the Police are fully aware of yet it my lead to a driver being convicted for dangerous driving and sent to prison to hide the fact ?[/p][/quote]Occasional ABS fail? It it had nothing to do with him doing over 80mph on that stretch then? pete08
  • Score: 17

8:12pm Wed 28 May 14

Stone Island: says...

You can implement all the safety measures you like, but you can't legislate for people driving like tw**s, or whilst pis*ed.
You can implement all the safety measures you like, but you can't legislate for people driving like tw**s, or whilst pis*ed. Stone Island:
  • Score: 26

8:38pm Wed 28 May 14

mavrick says...

It has been suggested several times to the county council that traffic calming measures on that stretch of road has been needed for years, I have suggested that a painted mini roundabout be placed at the junction of Shakespear ave and Blackburn RD in GT Harwood, . Vehicles are parked across from the Junction whih forces traffi to cross the centre line, Add to that the Islands are built out into the road at the Junction on the Shakespear ave side. So if you wish to exit Shakespear ave the line of sight to your right is blocked by parked vehicles and a long bend which has been subject to several serious accidents over the years. If you wish to turn left you have to be doubly careful to watch for traffic from the right and traffic coming from the left in the centre of the road, especially large vehicles, Because of the island build out you have to go further out into the road before you make the turn and with the speed of some vehicles they are on you before you know it, Some of these arrogant drivers don't realise they have a brake pedal in the car. The traffic calming needs to be enforced before the nursery on lee lane, drivers ignore signs but not physical restrictions. The highways dept at the county council can and must do better, the Hyndburn county councillors need to force the issue.
It has been suggested several times to the county council that traffic calming measures on that stretch of road has been needed for years, I have suggested that a painted mini roundabout be placed at the junction of Shakespear ave and Blackburn RD in GT Harwood, . Vehicles are parked across from the Junction whih forces traffi to cross the centre line, Add to that the Islands are built out into the road at the Junction on the Shakespear ave side. So if you wish to exit Shakespear ave the line of sight to your right is blocked by parked vehicles and a long bend which has been subject to several serious accidents over the years. If you wish to turn left you have to be doubly careful to watch for traffic from the right and traffic coming from the left in the centre of the road, especially large vehicles, Because of the island build out you have to go further out into the road before you make the turn and with the speed of some vehicles they are on you before you know it, Some of these arrogant drivers don't realise they have a brake pedal in the car. The traffic calming needs to be enforced before the nursery on lee lane, drivers ignore signs but not physical restrictions. The highways dept at the county council can and must do better, the Hyndburn county councillors need to force the issue. mavrick
  • Score: 10

9:12pm Wed 28 May 14

clickhere says...

Calm down, dears! Save apportioning blame till the full facts are known.

What we do know is that this section of road has been 'calmed' with build outs and bollards and the obligatory cycle lanes. This has reduced the overall width of available carriageway to a degree which, I would suggest, puts opposing traffic into dangerously close proximity. The speed limit on Lee Lane on the approach to the 30 limit at the entrance to Great Harwood, has been reduced to 50mph. The condition of the road surface is less than good being potholed and patched, except at the bus stop which was recently resurfaced as part of the Pennine Reach scheme.



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Calm down, dears! Save apportioning blame till the full facts are known. What we do know is that this section of road has been 'calmed' with build outs and bollards and the obligatory cycle lanes. This has reduced the overall width of available carriageway to a degree which, I would suggest, puts opposing traffic into dangerously close proximity. The speed limit on Lee Lane on the approach to the 30 limit at the entrance to Great Harwood, has been reduced to 50mph. The condition of the road surface is less than good being potholed and patched, except at the bus stop which was recently resurfaced as part of the Pennine Reach scheme. . clickhere
  • Score: 7

9:15pm Wed 28 May 14

clickhere says...

I think we can agree on this one, Mr Mavrick!
I think we can agree on this one, Mr Mavrick! clickhere
  • Score: 0

9:43pm Wed 28 May 14

the beaver says...

Father-of-one Marc Arthur, 31, of Windsor Road, said he would like to see measures such as a speed camera, road bumps or a pelican crossing. Think very carefully before you wish for speed bumps. My m8 had to move house because of these. Unless your a heavy sleeper a wagon going over these at 4 in the morning is hardly quiet especially if its empty!!
Father-of-one Marc Arthur, 31, of Windsor Road, said he would like to see measures such as a speed camera, road bumps or a pelican crossing. Think very carefully before you wish for speed bumps. My m8 had to move house because of these. Unless your a heavy sleeper a wagon going over these at 4 in the morning is hardly quiet especially if its empty!! the beaver
  • Score: 11

11:44pm Wed 28 May 14

useyourhead says...

It makes no sense to me... the road is fine for normal, law abiding sensible drivers yet everyone wants to see changes that will mostly only impact the aforementioned and possibly local residents (rumbling trucks on bumps), might it not be feasible to make the punishment for the few who are in the wrong an actual deterrent .... rather than spend precious resources inconveniencing the poor saps who are even going to have to pay for the changes?
It makes no sense to me... the road is fine for normal, law abiding sensible drivers yet everyone wants to see changes that will mostly only impact the aforementioned and possibly local residents (rumbling trucks on bumps), might it not be feasible to make the punishment for the few who are in the wrong an actual deterrent .... rather than spend precious resources inconveniencing the poor saps who are even going to have to pay for the changes? useyourhead
  • Score: 9

9:08am Thu 29 May 14

POW WOW says...

useyourhead wrote:
It makes no sense to me... the road is fine for normal, law abiding sensible drivers yet everyone wants to see changes that will mostly only impact the aforementioned and possibly local residents (rumbling trucks on bumps), might it not be feasible to make the punishment for the few who are in the wrong an actual deterrent .... rather than spend precious resources inconveniencing the poor saps who are even going to have to pay for the changes?
True......If the road is used in a normal manner by responsible persons, who are deemed to be in the majority then it is logical thinking not to give way to amendable changes for irresponsible and unruly perpetrators who sadly are in the minority and couldn't care less about tax payers money !!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: It makes no sense to me... the road is fine for normal, law abiding sensible drivers yet everyone wants to see changes that will mostly only impact the aforementioned and possibly local residents (rumbling trucks on bumps), might it not be feasible to make the punishment for the few who are in the wrong an actual deterrent .... rather than spend precious resources inconveniencing the poor saps who are even going to have to pay for the changes?[/p][/quote]True......If the road is used in a normal manner by responsible persons, who are deemed to be in the majority then it is logical thinking not to give way to amendable changes for irresponsible and unruly perpetrators who sadly are in the minority and couldn't care less about tax payers money !!!!!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: 1

10:31am Thu 29 May 14

vivaespania says...

If the driver was doing the speed claimed 80mph &intoxicated,the book should be thrown at him with severity,but don`t make the residents of that location suffer with speed calming humps.
If the driver was doing the speed claimed 80mph &intoxicated,the book should be thrown at him with severity,but don`t make the residents of that location suffer with speed calming humps. vivaespania
  • Score: 2

11:45am Thu 29 May 14

Baudelaire says...

What happened to the speed indicator signal that appeared on the hill a few weeks ago then disappeared ?

I regularly walk and drive around that part of Great Harwood and I can state that around a third of drivers go up or down the hill past the cemetery at well over the 30mph limit.

Unfortunately for many drivers the thrill of speeding over-rides any feelings of compassion for people who might be killed or maimed by their actions.
What happened to the speed indicator signal that appeared on the hill a few weeks ago then disappeared ? I regularly walk and drive around that part of Great Harwood and I can state that around a third of drivers go up or down the hill past the cemetery at well over the 30mph limit. Unfortunately for many drivers the thrill of speeding over-rides any feelings of compassion for people who might be killed or maimed by their actions. Baudelaire
  • Score: -2

8:06am Fri 30 May 14

HarryBosch says...

Highway Code rule 243 YOU MUST NOT PARK opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space.
Exiting Shakespeare Avenue onto Blackburn Road is made more hazardous by the Ford Galaxy which seems to be almost continually parked half on and half off the pavement outside Rock Memorials!
Highway Code rule 243 YOU MUST NOT PARK opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space. Exiting Shakespeare Avenue onto Blackburn Road is made more hazardous by the Ford Galaxy which seems to be almost continually parked half on and half off the pavement outside Rock Memorials! HarryBosch
  • Score: 1

1:55pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Debbie.Hindle says...

brossen99 wrote:
Caused due to the intermittent occasional ABS " Fail DangerThe driver could hardly walk he had so much alchohol in him. And doing at least 80mph on the bend when he hit the landrover. The article in LT also states that it is an A road but all maps clearly state it is a B road. Speed bumps would be a pain as I live opposite where the wall was hit but, speed cameras might just catch a huge number of those speeding. this is not in my experience a minority but a majority speeding. I dont think people even think to look at their speedo when coming out of the 50 limit into the 30.
[quote][p][bold]brossen99[/bold] wrote: Caused due to the intermittent occasional ABS " Fail DangerThe driver could hardly walk he had so much alchohol in him. And doing at least 80mph on the bend when he hit the landrover. The article in LT also states that it is an A road but all maps clearly state it is a B road. Speed bumps would be a pain as I live opposite where the wall was hit but, speed cameras might just catch a huge number of those speeding. this is not in my experience a minority but a majority speeding. I dont think people even think to look at their speedo when coming out of the 50 limit into the 30. Debbie.Hindle
  • Score: 0

6:04pm Wed 25 Jun 14

zx6r600 says...

clickhere wrote:
Calm down, dears! Save apportioning blame till the full facts are known.

What we do know is that this section of road has been 'calmed' with build outs and bollards and the obligatory cycle lanes. This has reduced the overall width of available carriageway to a degree which, I would suggest, puts opposing traffic into dangerously close proximity. The speed limit on Lee Lane on the approach to the 30 limit at the entrance to Great Harwood, has been reduced to 50mph. The condition of the road surface is less than good being potholed and patched, except at the bus stop which was recently resurfaced as part of the Pennine Reach scheme.



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The bus stop has not been retarmaced but has has new marking which will soon meed remarking as they are going to re surface the bus stops and then waste our money again and re mark the bus stop
[quote][p][bold]clickhere[/bold] wrote: Calm down, dears! Save apportioning blame till the full facts are known. What we do know is that this section of road has been 'calmed' with build outs and bollards and the obligatory cycle lanes. This has reduced the overall width of available carriageway to a degree which, I would suggest, puts opposing traffic into dangerously close proximity. The speed limit on Lee Lane on the approach to the 30 limit at the entrance to Great Harwood, has been reduced to 50mph. The condition of the road surface is less than good being potholed and patched, except at the bus stop which was recently resurfaced as part of the Pennine Reach scheme. .[/p][/quote]The bus stop has not been retarmaced but has has new marking which will soon meed remarking as they are going to re surface the bus stops and then waste our money again and re mark the bus stop zx6r600
  • Score: 0

6:14pm Wed 25 Jun 14

zx6r600 says...

clickhere wrote:
Calm down, dears! Save apportioning blame till the full facts are known.

What we do know is that this section of road has been 'calmed' with build outs and bollards and the obligatory cycle lanes. This has reduced the overall width of available carriageway to a degree which, I would suggest, puts opposing traffic into dangerously close proximity. The speed limit on Lee Lane on the approach to the 30 limit at the entrance to Great Harwood, has been reduced to 50mph. The condition of the road surface is less than good being potholed and patched, except at the bus stop which was recently resurfaced as part of the Pennine Reach scheme.



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The bus stop has not been retarmaced but has has new marking which will soon meed remarking as they are going to re surface the bus stops and then waste our money again and re mark the bus stop
[quote][p][bold]clickhere[/bold] wrote: Calm down, dears! Save apportioning blame till the full facts are known. What we do know is that this section of road has been 'calmed' with build outs and bollards and the obligatory cycle lanes. This has reduced the overall width of available carriageway to a degree which, I would suggest, puts opposing traffic into dangerously close proximity. The speed limit on Lee Lane on the approach to the 30 limit at the entrance to Great Harwood, has been reduced to 50mph. The condition of the road surface is less than good being potholed and patched, except at the bus stop which was recently resurfaced as part of the Pennine Reach scheme. .[/p][/quote]The bus stop has not been retarmaced but has has new marking which will soon meed remarking as they are going to re surface the bus stops and then waste our money again and re mark the bus stop zx6r600
  • Score: 0

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