UPDATED: Car crashes into shop in Little Lever

UPDATED: Car crashes into shop in Little Lever

A VW Polo has smashed into a shop in Little Lever

The VW Polo that has smashed into a shop in Little Lever

A VW Polo has smashed into a shop in Little Lever

A VW Polo has smashed into a shop in Little Lever. Picture by Eric Hyde.

A VW Polo has smashed into a shop in Little Lever. Picture by Jonathan Parkes.

A VW Polo has smashed into a shop in Little Lever. Picture by Jonathan Parkes.

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A CAR ploughed into the front of a Little Lever shop after crashing into another vehicle.

The general store on the corner of Church Street and Market Street was badly damaged when a blue Volkswagen Polo smashed into it.

Police, fire and ambulance services were called to the shop at about 3.10pm yesterday.

Council officers were called to check the building was structurally safe, after builders propped it up with scaffolding.

Police cordoned off the scene and evacuated the store and the newsagents next door.

Firefighters said the electricity supply would have to be isolated before the car could be removed as it had damaged a corner unit.

It is understood that the Polo clipped a silver Toyota Corolla as it drove around the bend into Church Street which caused the driver to lose control. The driver suffered minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment after being treated at the scene.

Kennedy Corvelli, aged 18, was working in the shop when the car hit — but managed to escape unharmed.

He said: “There were no customers in the shop.

“I saw it coming and thought ‘that doesn’t look like it’s stopping’.

“It made a massive bang.”

Mr Corvelli managed to avoid most of the falling wreckage, with just a small piece hitting his leg.

He managed to squeeze out of the front of the shop.

Store manager Hayley Lowe said they would be assessing the damage once the car was removed.

She added: “Once they have secured the shop and got it safe, we’ll start the rebuild.”

Eric Hyde, a Liberal Democrat activist for Darcy Lever and Little Lever, said the corner where the accident happened was “dangerous”.

He added: “The road contains a dangerous corner and a hazardous junction and the zebra crossing is also badly marked out.”

First Manchester alerted bus users that services were subject to delays of up to 20 minutes after the crash.

Council officers were still at the scene working to shore up the building.

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4:59pm Mon 10 Mar 14

BWFC71 says...

That junction has been dangerous for as long as I have been driving, over 25 years, and maybe even longer. It should have had traffic lights installed long ago. No that the Tesco is being built, just behind the junction, I just hope that the TfGM now install traffic lights and make it much safer!

And before anyone says I made a mistake with mentioning TfGM they also now look after all road furniture and install traffic lights for the 10 councils of Greater Manchester
That junction has been dangerous for as long as I have been driving, over 25 years, and maybe even longer. It should have had traffic lights installed long ago. No that the Tesco is being built, just behind the junction, I just hope that the TfGM now install traffic lights and make it much safer! And before anyone says I made a mistake with mentioning TfGM they also now look after all road furniture and install traffic lights for the 10 councils of Greater Manchester BWFC71
  • Score: 12

6:06pm Mon 10 Mar 14

JustBecause says...

Roads are not dangerous, it's the loonies who cannot drive !
Roads are not dangerous, it's the loonies who cannot drive ! JustBecause
  • Score: 14

6:13pm Mon 10 Mar 14

BWFC71 says...

JustBecause wrote:
Roads are not dangerous, it's the loonies who cannot drive !
Proof that you have never been near that junction - when travelling towards Bolton from Little lever and trying to cross the road it is literally a blindspot until you go over the white line - and coming out of the junction it is a double jeopardy because you are trying to watch for traffic coming from the right and as soon as you come out you have to watch for traffic trying to jump the gap with going from the junction of the left!

Therefore, in this case, it is not the drivers but the buildings and the layout of the junction itself - hence the road IS dangerous!
[quote][p][bold]JustBecause[/bold] wrote: Roads are not dangerous, it's the loonies who cannot drive ![/p][/quote]Proof that you have never been near that junction - when travelling towards Bolton from Little lever and trying to cross the road it is literally a blindspot until you go over the white line - and coming out of the junction it is a double jeopardy because you are trying to watch for traffic coming from the right and as soon as you come out you have to watch for traffic trying to jump the gap with going from the junction of the left! Therefore, in this case, it is not the drivers but the buildings and the layout of the junction itself - hence the road IS dangerous! BWFC71
  • Score: 7

7:12pm Mon 10 Mar 14

mr.mark.c says...

Didnt they say that the junction is going to be improved as part of the tesco planning deal ?
Didnt they say that the junction is going to be improved as part of the tesco planning deal ? mr.mark.c
  • Score: 5

7:36pm Mon 10 Mar 14

BePositivePeople says...

That junction is being changed starting end of this month as they prepare for the tesco being built. So that will improve traffic flow.
That junction is being changed starting end of this month as they prepare for the tesco being built. So that will improve traffic flow. BePositivePeople
  • Score: 4

7:37pm Mon 10 Mar 14

BWFC71 says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
Didnt they say that the junction is going to be improved as part of the tesco planning deal ?
Yes and long overdue, to be fair. That should have been made 1 way street decades ago, with lights at that junction!
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: Didnt they say that the junction is going to be improved as part of the tesco planning deal ?[/p][/quote]Yes and long overdue, to be fair. That should have been made 1 way street decades ago, with lights at that junction! BWFC71
  • Score: -4

7:09am Tue 11 Mar 14

JustBecause says...

BWFC71 wrote:
JustBecause wrote:
Roads are not dangerous, it's the loonies who cannot drive !
Proof that you have never been near that junction - when travelling towards Bolton from Little lever and trying to cross the road it is literally a blindspot until you go over the white line - and coming out of the junction it is a double jeopardy because you are trying to watch for traffic coming from the right and as soon as you come out you have to watch for traffic trying to jump the gap with going from the junction of the left!

Therefore, in this case, it is not the drivers but the buildings and the layout of the junction itself - hence the road IS dangerous!
I must have used that junction 1000,s of times. This isn't a car vs car this is a driver who through a medical condition or simply the inability to drive managed to hit a shop.... Nowt to do with the road.
[quote][p][bold]BWFC71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JustBecause[/bold] wrote: Roads are not dangerous, it's the loonies who cannot drive ![/p][/quote]Proof that you have never been near that junction - when travelling towards Bolton from Little lever and trying to cross the road it is literally a blindspot until you go over the white line - and coming out of the junction it is a double jeopardy because you are trying to watch for traffic coming from the right and as soon as you come out you have to watch for traffic trying to jump the gap with going from the junction of the left! Therefore, in this case, it is not the drivers but the buildings and the layout of the junction itself - hence the road IS dangerous![/p][/quote]I must have used that junction 1000,s of times. This isn't a car vs car this is a driver who through a medical condition or simply the inability to drive managed to hit a shop.... Nowt to do with the road. JustBecause
  • Score: 6

9:59am Tue 11 Mar 14

dystap says...

Saw this yesterday a few minutes after the crash on my way into the village, really nasty looking crash. That junction's relatively timid compared to the traffic coming from 4 directions near the library/pharmacies with no pedestrian crossing at the top of Market Street though. I've seen several near-crashes there, and nearly been hit as a pedestrian numerous times.
Saw this yesterday a few minutes after the crash on my way into the village, really nasty looking crash. That junction's relatively timid compared to the traffic coming from 4 directions near the library/pharmacies with no pedestrian crossing at the top of Market Street though. I've seen several near-crashes there, and nearly been hit as a pedestrian numerous times. dystap
  • Score: 3

11:12am Tue 11 Mar 14

tinypet says...

That junction has been dangerous for as long as i can remember. Wheren't there a petition in little lever to have lights installed many years ago? Time something got done about it, i never drive through it, i avoid it
That junction has been dangerous for as long as i can remember. Wheren't there a petition in little lever to have lights installed many years ago? Time something got done about it, i never drive through it, i avoid it tinypet
  • Score: 1

1:56pm Tue 11 Mar 14

trish1975 says...

I don't think it was the bad junction, although this is a bad junction the driver was either going to fast to negotiate the bend or needs glasses as he missed the oncoming street either way whoever was driving was at fault.
I don't think it was the bad junction, although this is a bad junction the driver was either going to fast to negotiate the bend or needs glasses as he missed the oncoming street either way whoever was driving was at fault. trish1975
  • Score: 0

3:10pm Tue 11 Mar 14

psycomoonhead says...

seen more crashes coming out of dearden street then lever street
seen more crashes coming out of dearden street then lever street psycomoonhead
  • Score: 0

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