UPDATED: Motorcyclist critical after Westhoughton crash

Motorcyclist seriously ill following Westhoughton crash

Motorcyclist seriously ill following Westhoughton crash

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A MOTORCYLIST is critically ill in hospital after a crash with a car in Westhoughton.

A Toyota Corolla and a Yamaha motorbike crashed in Wigan Road near the junction with Coverdale Road, Westhoughton, at 11.20pm last night.

The 39-year-old motorcyclist, believed to be from Westhoughton, suffered life threatening injuries and is said to be in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

The driver of the Toyota, a woman, was not hurt.

Cllr Christopher Peacock, for Westhoughton North and Chew Moor, said: “Like all straight roads, there will be people breaking the speed limits.

“The current government have changed the rules regarding speed cameras, because some people thought of them as a cash cow, so it is virtually impossible for a local authority to put a new one in.

“All we can do is remind people that they must obey the speed limit at all times.

“I actually think the most problematic area of Wigan Road is the long stretch through Hart Common.

“I don’t know how this happened but we all hope the cyclist is ok.”

Liberal Democrat town councillor and former member of Bolton Council’s planning committee Cllr

David Wilkinson added: "This is nothing new. Wigan Road is a dangerous spot, because people are driving down it too fast.

"If you come out of any of the surrounding roads, you put your life into your own hands.

"There needs to be a safety review of the area. I've asked for safety features to be included between Southfield Drive and Cricketers Way, but nothing was done."

Residents in the area said that, while the incident was tragic, it did not surprise them.

A resident of Wigan Road, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "I didn't hear anything but last night, but you hear bangs round here all the time. 

"We have petitioned and petitioned and petitioned and petitioned for speed cameras on this street. There are so many accidents and I'm getting quite sick of it. 

"I'm not surprised someone has suffered serious injuries on this road and I don't think many other residents will be either."

Jeffrey Heaton, aged 52, of Broad Walk, which is opposite Coverdale Road, said: "I was taking my daughter to school when I saw the sign up saying an accident had happened.

"Something should definitely be done to make Wigan Road safer. There was talk about a pelican crossing and that never materialised.

"The bends are too narrow and there's been a few accidents. It's happened too much round here."

Any witnesses are asked to call the police's serious collision investigation unit on 0161 8564741.

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12:07pm Thu 8 May 14

marco999 says...

It's very sad that someone has suffered like this but I have to say that before 'residents' get hysterical and start demanding measures, Wigan road is not an unsafe road. It is a busy one (during the day) but that's because of the over-development of Westhoughton - too many housing estates and no new roads. I lived just off this road for over 20 years and except for the odd collision there were no real problems. Besides, the accident happened at 11:20pm when there would be very little if any traffic on the road. I'm not going to speculate but a great deal of accidents involving cars and motorcycles happen when drivers pull out on them without looking properly. I truly hope the unfortunate biker makes a full and speedy recovery.
It's very sad that someone has suffered like this but I have to say that before 'residents' get hysterical and start demanding measures, Wigan road is not an unsafe road. It is a busy one (during the day) but that's because of the over-development of Westhoughton - too many housing estates and no new roads. I lived just off this road for over 20 years and except for the odd collision there were no real problems. Besides, the accident happened at 11:20pm when there would be very little if any traffic on the road. I'm not going to speculate but a great deal of accidents involving cars and motorcycles happen when drivers pull out on them without looking properly. I truly hope the unfortunate biker makes a full and speedy recovery. marco999
  • Score: 27

1:39pm Thu 8 May 14

Ernagy2 says...

marco999 wrote:
It's very sad that someone has suffered like this but I have to say that before 'residents' get hysterical and start demanding measures, Wigan road is not an unsafe road. It is a busy one (during the day) but that's because of the over-development of Westhoughton - too many housing estates and no new roads. I lived just off this road for over 20 years and except for the odd collision there were no real problems. Besides, the accident happened at 11:20pm when there would be very little if any traffic on the road. I'm not going to speculate but a great deal of accidents involving cars and motorcycles happen when drivers pull out on them without looking properly. I truly hope the unfortunate biker makes a full and speedy recovery.
marco999 - we have the same over reaction, these days. There are people that go to fast, I would agree, but if 'residents' had their way there would be a speed camera every 100 yards and a pelican crossing every 50 yards.

Most of those residents who drive cars will speed somewhere else in the town - often they're the ones who speed at the particular place at other times of the day. It's always put as though strangers are driving through at high speed, when often it is the residents themselves. I wonder if the police have done any demographics on this?
[quote][p][bold]marco999[/bold] wrote: It's very sad that someone has suffered like this but I have to say that before 'residents' get hysterical and start demanding measures, Wigan road is not an unsafe road. It is a busy one (during the day) but that's because of the over-development of Westhoughton - too many housing estates and no new roads. I lived just off this road for over 20 years and except for the odd collision there were no real problems. Besides, the accident happened at 11:20pm when there would be very little if any traffic on the road. I'm not going to speculate but a great deal of accidents involving cars and motorcycles happen when drivers pull out on them without looking properly. I truly hope the unfortunate biker makes a full and speedy recovery.[/p][/quote]marco999 - we have the same over reaction, these days. There are people that go to fast, I would agree, but if 'residents' had their way there would be a speed camera every 100 yards and a pelican crossing every 50 yards. Most of those residents who drive cars will speed somewhere else in the town - often they're the ones who speed at the particular place at other times of the day. It's always put as though strangers are driving through at high speed, when often it is the residents themselves. I wonder if the police have done any demographics on this? Ernagy2
  • Score: 7

1:46pm Thu 8 May 14

Wolfie190 says...

I'm a biker and interested to find out the cause as well as hoping the guy is gonna be OK

Ive been observing some terrible bike riding lately not just those doing 100+ mph on the A6 but completely clueless young people riding just a couple of feet behind vans and wagons they cant see a thing in front of the vehicle in front so should leave a gap stating the obvious that they can stop in in an emergency.
I'm a biker and interested to find out the cause as well as hoping the guy is gonna be OK Ive been observing some terrible bike riding lately not just those doing 100+ mph on the A6 but completely clueless young people riding just a couple of feet behind vans and wagons they cant see a thing in front of the vehicle in front so should leave a gap stating the obvious that they can stop in in an emergency. Wolfie190
  • Score: 20

1:57pm Thu 8 May 14

Ernagy2 says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
I'm a biker and interested to find out the cause as well as hoping the guy is gonna be OK

Ive been observing some terrible bike riding lately not just those doing 100+ mph on the A6 but completely clueless young people riding just a couple of feet behind vans and wagons they cant see a thing in front of the vehicle in front so should leave a gap stating the obvious that they can stop in in an emergency.
It's not just bikers - I've seen traffic cops do it on their bikes, cars and vans. I saw a police van not two yards from the bumper of a HGV the other day on the M60. If the police can't set an example who can?
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: I'm a biker and interested to find out the cause as well as hoping the guy is gonna be OK Ive been observing some terrible bike riding lately not just those doing 100+ mph on the A6 but completely clueless young people riding just a couple of feet behind vans and wagons they cant see a thing in front of the vehicle in front so should leave a gap stating the obvious that they can stop in in an emergency.[/p][/quote]It's not just bikers - I've seen traffic cops do it on their bikes, cars and vans. I saw a police van not two yards from the bumper of a HGV the other day on the M60. If the police can't set an example who can? Ernagy2
  • Score: 10

2:55pm Thu 8 May 14

Ernagy2 says...

Frequency of accidents is happening as there are so many cars on the road, not that driving standards are worsening, though that is adding to it.
Frequency of accidents is happening as there are so many cars on the road, not that driving standards are worsening, though that is adding to it. Ernagy2
  • Score: 6

5:08pm Thu 8 May 14

Barbara44 says...

If you think the roads are busy take a walk in the park since the new Clerondon school opened in Heywood park and see the lazy drivers putting children at risk by driving in and out of the park.
If you think the roads are busy take a walk in the park since the new Clerondon school opened in Heywood park and see the lazy drivers putting children at risk by driving in and out of the park. Barbara44
  • Score: 10

10:36am Fri 9 May 14

LisaDW says...

I live on the estate just off Wigan Road and I regularly see people speeding on this road, including on motorbikes. The road can often get very busy which is made worse by cars parked outside the takeaway (very close to where the accident happened). Going towards Wigan there are no zebra/ pelican crossings between Cricketers Way and Wearish Lane which is again extremely dangerous.
More care needs to be taken along this already quite narrow stretch of road and more needs to be done to ensure the safety of drivers/ passengers and of pedestrians who are crossing the road.
I live on the estate just off Wigan Road and I regularly see people speeding on this road, including on motorbikes. The road can often get very busy which is made worse by cars parked outside the takeaway (very close to where the accident happened). Going towards Wigan there are no zebra/ pelican crossings between Cricketers Way and Wearish Lane which is again extremely dangerous. More care needs to be taken along this already quite narrow stretch of road and more needs to be done to ensure the safety of drivers/ passengers and of pedestrians who are crossing the road. LisaDW
  • Score: -1

12:14am Sat 10 May 14

davejh1 says...

You can make the roads as safe as you want but it won't stop accidents. Driving standards are SO SO LOW these days its frightening. Everybody has to be there ASAP. Even at 2300 hrs this is evident as roads are very quiet yet this accident has still happened. Question. Why and how did this happen. I saw the aftermath of the accident and the car was on the WRONG side of the road and looked like it had hit a wall. So as an observation did the car go on the wrong side of the road to overtake a stationary object yet failed to get the bigger picture and observe what was traveling in the opposite direction.
You can make the roads as safe as you want but it won't stop accidents. Driving standards are SO SO LOW these days its frightening. Everybody has to be there ASAP. Even at 2300 hrs this is evident as roads are very quiet yet this accident has still happened. Question. Why and how did this happen. I saw the aftermath of the accident and the car was on the WRONG side of the road and looked like it had hit a wall. So as an observation did the car go on the wrong side of the road to overtake a stationary object yet failed to get the bigger picture and observe what was traveling in the opposite direction. davejh1
  • Score: 1

9:13am Sat 10 May 14

OwdBolt says...

The clue's in the phrase "The driver of the Toyota - a woman - was not hurt..."
The clue's in the phrase "The driver of the Toyota - a woman - was not hurt..." OwdBolt
  • Score: -1

6:41pm Mon 12 May 14

jemmyh says...

I don't know, but here's a couple of guesses ........

1) The driver of the Toyota was pulling out from either Coverdale Road or Broadwalk. She hasn't seen the motorcyclist coming so pulls out and a collision occurs.

2) The driver of the Toyota was turning into either Coverdale Road or Broadwalk, off Wigan Road. She hasn't seen the motorcyclist coming so turns across his path and a collision occurs.

It wasn't an accident, they never are. It was the result of careless driving by one of the two parties involved. I won't say which one I think was careless, but I'll apportion the probability at 9 to 1.

Lay your bets please!
I don't know, but here's a couple of guesses ........ 1) The driver of the Toyota was pulling out from either Coverdale Road or Broadwalk. She hasn't seen the motorcyclist coming so pulls out and a collision occurs. 2) The driver of the Toyota was turning into either Coverdale Road or Broadwalk, off Wigan Road. She hasn't seen the motorcyclist coming so turns across his path and a collision occurs. It wasn't an accident, they never are. It was the result of careless driving by one of the two parties involved. I won't say which one I think was careless, but I'll apportion the probability at 9 to 1. Lay your bets please! jemmyh
  • Score: 0

11:53am Thu 15 May 14

dmwilson424 says...

Part of the problem is that on that stretch of road there is only 2 speed markers from Chequerbent roundabout to the traffic lights at Wearish Lane... and 1 speed display.. thats about a 2 mile stretch of road with NO warnings

Most people know the speed limit in the area but dont care.

putting a crossing near the bus stop on wigan rd will only make it worse, where will the chippy customers park then (broad walk/coverdale rd) making it worse than it is just to get out of the roads. at a particular time of the day you can be sat at the junction there for 5 minutes waiting to get out

rest of the problem is due to Bolton Council allowing ALL these new developments etc and not sorting the infrastructure out...
Part of the problem is that on that stretch of road there is only 2 speed markers from Chequerbent roundabout to the traffic lights at Wearish Lane... and 1 speed display.. thats about a 2 mile stretch of road with NO warnings Most people know the speed limit in the area but dont care. putting a crossing near the bus stop on wigan rd will only make it worse, where will the chippy customers park then (broad walk/coverdale rd) making it worse than it is just to get out of the roads. at a particular time of the day you can be sat at the junction there for 5 minutes waiting to get out rest of the problem is due to Bolton Council allowing ALL these new developments etc and not sorting the infrastructure out... dmwilson424
  • Score: 0

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