Family call for action at Whalley accident spot
3:00pm Sunday 15th September 2013 in News
THE family of a woman who was almost killed in an horrific car accident said action must be taken to make the road where it happened safer.
Hannah Flynn, 20, was driving her Ford Ka along Accrington Road, Whalley, with her sister, Jessica, last month, when they collided with a Peugeot 407.
Miss Flynn suffered severe head injuries and was yesterday still in Royal Preston Hospital having recently regained consciousness.
Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, but Hannah’s uncle, John, said the ‘poorly designed’ junction was ‘an accident waiting to happen’.
The accident happened close to the junction of Spring Wood Picnic Site at 4.30pm on Friday, August 16.
Mr Flynn said: “It is almost four weeks since the accident, the impact of which is difficult to describe on what is a ‘normal’ loving family.
“Hannah’s injuries were quite horrendous but in the past few days we have been relieved that she has regained some consciousness and we are confident that she recognises her family around her.
“I firmly believe that this particular junction is an accident waiting to happen due to its poor design.
“I believe that politicians and planners have been aware of the issues concerning this junction for years, but have quite simply sat on their hands.
“At the very least, simply changing to the sequencing of lights, may have prevented this accident and others previously.
“There are no traffic calming measures at a junction the many locals I have spoken to regard as a deathtrap.”
Mr Flynn called on money to be spent on making the road safer in the area to avoid any future accidents.
He said: “Putting aside the human tragedy here, the economics just don't add up.
“We live in a world where the NHS picks up the tab for a failure of the politicians to spend money in the right areas.
“I remain convinced that simple changes to this junction could have been made at a fraction of the cost of Hannah’s recovery.
“As a family we would hate to stand back and allow a similar life shattering event to hit another family.”
Mr Flynn went on to pay tribute to the emergency services who had cared for Hannah.
He said: “The treatment Hannah received within a few minutes of the accident was unbelievable.
“The actions of staff at the hospital and air ambulance is something we should all be really proud of.”
Whalley councillor Joyce Holgate MBE said she had been calling for changes at the junction for years.
She said: “There have been loads of accidents there and it really needs sorting out.
“I have talked to the county council who have promised a full investigation and I have spoken to the MP Nigel Evans who has also held meetings about this problem.”
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