TRAF­FIC FEARS AS PAIR HURT IN AC­CI­DENT

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A WOMAN has re­lived the fright­en­ing mo­ment she and her cousin were in­jured in a car ac­ci­dent while walk­ing to the cor- ner shop.

Meena Na­jmi and her cousin Ali Rafique have been left with head, leg and pelvis in­juries af­ter they were in­volved in the crash on Sun­day evening.

They had been cross­ing the road from their home in Ll­wyn­hendy, Llanelli, to get to the Spar at The Av­enue.

But while ne­go­ti­at­ing the busy road, the pair were in col­li­sion with a Toy­ota Corolla.

They were rushed to Glang­wili Hos­pi­tal where they were treated for their in­juries.

Miss Na­jmi said Mr Rafique, aged 16, was flung back­wards and hit his head on the floor.

Miss Na­jmi, 26, rushed to his aid to pick him up, and was also in­volved in a col­li­sion with the same car, suf­fer­ing in­juries to her pelvis and leg ar­eas af­ter end­ing up on the bon­net of the car.

They were taken to Glang­wili Hos­pi­tal in sep­a­rate am­bu­lances, as Mr Rafique had to be put in a neck brace and she had to be put in a pelvis brace.

“We can both feel the pains, aches, joint pains, ev­ery­thing,” said Miss Na­jmi, a Llanelli Ru­ral Coun­cil coun­cil­lor.

“My cousin has be­come very anx­ious (cross­ing the road). This is not some­thing ei­ther one of us had ex­pe­ri­enced. It was a very fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The cir­cum­stances of this lat­est in­ci­dent are still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, but there have been calls to im­prove safety along the road for many years.

Coun­cil­lors in the area have been ask­ing Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil to in­stall safety mea­sures, such as lights or road sig­nals, and the author­ity is now ex­pected to pay a site visit to the area.

Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil high­ways and trans­porta­tion ser­vices man­ager, Richard Wa­ters, said: “We work hard to pro­mote road safety and we were very con­cerned to hear of two pedes­tri­ans be­ing in­volved in an ac­ci­dent in Ll­wyn­hendy Road. We hope they both make a full and swift re­cov­ery.

“Once we have re­ceived the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­port on the ac­ci­dent we will as­sess the site to con­sider high­way aspects. We main­tain a data­base of recorded per­sonal in­jury ac­ci­dents on our high­way net­work and an­a­lyse this data­base to iden­tify is­sues such as ac­ci­dent hot spot ar­eas and ac­ci­dent trends.

“We hope the lo­cal com­mu­nity will be able to take re­as­sur­ance from the fact that there does not ap­pear to be any recorded per­sonal in­jury ac­ci­dents on this sec­tion of The Av­enue or Ll­wyn­hendy Road in the last five years.”

No ar­rests have been made and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

Pic­ture: Jonathan My­ers

Llanelli coun­cil­lor Meena Na­jmi and her cousin Ali Rafique suf­fered head, leg and pelvis in­juries in the ac­ci­dent.

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