Third time un­lucky - car ploughs into home...again

WOMAN FEARS SOME­ONE WILL BE KILLED SOON IF ROAD SAFETY AC­TION IS NOT TAKEN

Sunday Sun - - News - CHRIS KNIGHT chris.knight@reach­plc.com

Reporter AC­TION must be taken at an ac­ci­dent blackspot af­ter a car ca­reered crazily off the road and ploughed into a liv­ing room...for the third time.

Su­san But­ler was wo­ken by her daugh­ter’s screams fol­low­ing the crash on Half Moon Street in Stake­ford, Northum­ber­land, on Wed­nes­day night.

No­body was in­jured - but this is not the first time a driver com­ing off the road has caused dam­age to her prop­erty.

Since mov­ing in in 2005, Su­san said it is the third time a ve­hi­cle has smashed through the safety bar­ri­ers on the cor­ner op­po­site the Lord Bar­ring­ton pub.

Now, she is re­peat­ing calls for speed bumps or stronger bar­ri­ers to be in­tro­duced.

Su­san, 64, said: “This is not the first time this has hap­pened, but this one was def­i­nitely the worst.

“About 18 months ago, a car com­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion hit the same bar­ri­ers which landed in my front gar­den, dam­ag­ing my front door and wall.

“I said to the council then, we have got to do some­thing. These bar­ri­ers are not stop­ping any­thing com­ing through, they are

nei­ther use nor or­na­ment. I pleaded for speed bumps on the cor­ner or im­proved bar­ri­ers like the ones you see on mo­tor­ways. Traf­fic calm­ing is what we want.

“I want the council to see the dam­age, but they have not even come out. I’m get­ting re­ally an­noyed, they do not seem both­ered.

“What’s it go­ing to take for some­body to do some­thing about it? This is a fa­tal­ity wait­ing to hap­pen.”

The red ve­hi­cle crashed into Su­san’s home at 10.10pm on Wed­nes­day.

Emer­gency ser­vices were scram­bled to the scene, and the front of the prop­erty re­mains boarded up.

Next-door neigh­bour Mar­garet Hughes and her hus­band were wo­ken by a “big bang” which shook her whole house.

She es­ti­mates her prop­erty has suf­fered dam­age four times since 1982, and has echoed Su­san’s calls for im­proved safety mea­sures.

David Ni­chol­son, chair for Chop­ping­ton Par­ish Council, con­firmed the au­thor­ity’s in­ten­tion to sup­port the com­mu­nity’s calls.

He said: “Res­i­dents are en­tirely cor­rect, there needs to be ur­gent ac­tion taken to make the road safe. As a con­se­quence of cuts, com­mu­ni­ties are fac­ing sit­u­a­tions like this.

“I vis­ited Su­san and saw the dev­as­ta­tion first hand. It’s a mir­a­cle that peo­ple were not se­ri­ously in­jured or there was no loss of life.”

A Northum­ber­land County Council spokesper­son said: “We are aware of this crash and the lo­cal con­cerns that have been raised.

“In re­sponse we will be car­ry­ing out speed sur­veys in the area. Once th­e­ses have been stud­ied we will be see­ing what ac­tion can be taken.”

Su­san But­ler sur­rounded by de­bris from the smash in her liv­ing room

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