TRAFFIC FEARS AS PAIR HURT IN ACCIDENT
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.
Llanelli councillor Meena Najmi and her cousin Ali Rafique suffered head, leg and pelvis injuries in the accident.