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Calls for traffic calming measures after "terrifying" crash

Calls for traffic calming measures after "terrifying" crash

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:51am 21st November 2019. (Updated at 1:33pm 21st November 2019)

A "harrowing" crash in a Cornish village that has left a woman "terrified" sparks calls for traffic calming measures to be installed.

Ellen Higham lives along Seaview terrace, between Sumemrcourt and Fraddon.

She says cars speed along the road and it puts live at risk.

Just under two weeks ago there was another crash on the stretch of road, which she has described as "shocking".

"We'd just got in our van and parked in our field, we were walking out and we just heard screeching coming up the road, we turned, my husband and I with our dogs looked to the left, and there was a car just flying through the air towards us, I looked at my husband and I said we need to run.

"So we ran out of the field and we just heard the car crash into the field. What had happened was it had sped so fast up the road, it came careering down the road trying to slow down, hit the hedge, went up a neighbour's car using it as a ramp, flying through the air, spun and then landed on its back end in our field towards us, probably less than 20 feet away from us.

"It was terrifying, the next day we were like we just keep closing our eyes and seeing this car flying through the air towards us."

Ellen Higham, resident

Summercourt crash - Seaview Terrace

Luckily the driver was not seriously hurt but was taken to Treliske Hospital to be checked over.

"It was a report that vehicle had left the road at 5.30pm on Sunday 10th November.

"The driver was taken to Treliske as a precaution and with slight injuries."

Devon and Cornwall Police

Now Ellen is campaigning to have speed bumps or some kind of traffic calming measures put in place, to help improve safety in the area.

"The accident was shocking and could easily have resulted in a fatality, either the driver or us could have been killed as we were walking our dogs in the field at the time of the incident.

"It was terrifying seeing this car flying through the air towards us.

"I am hoping, as our neighbours are, that the council will hopefully look at traffic calming of some sorts as there have been previous accidents on this dangerous road.

"Since we have lived here, we have seen a parent and toddler clipped by a car."

Ellen Higham

Summercourt crash - Seaview Terrace

Cornwall Council says measures are already in place but it is open to discussing options.

"We're open to discussing issues with our communities and partners and we will consider the full details of the police report once it is available. 

"Following residents' concerns, traffic calming features were provided at Seaview Terrace a few years ago, including 'Dragon's Teeth' road markings installed on both approaches, pedestrian warning signs, and gateway 'Welcome' signs to increase drivers' awareness of the terrace. 

"Recent speed readings suggest that these measures have further reduced average speed, which is substantially below the speed limit."

Cornwall Council

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