MERIDEN residents fear someone could be killed following a sudden surge in crashes on rural roads.
Villagers said there have been 17 collisions in the area - the latest of which was on Wednesday morning, when a motorcyclist careered into a ditch.
Though the badly-damaged bike was found in Lodge Green Lane, the rider was nowhere to be found. It is not known if he was badly injured.
Members of Meriden RAID (Residents Against Inappropriate Development) have said it is only the latest in a series of smashes.
David McGrath, chairman, said traffic had increased in the area since a gypsy camp was set up in Eaves Green Lane.
“It’s not an accident waiting to happen, because accidents are happening,” he said. “There have been 17 in the past nine months.
“Before the camp, there were only a few accidents, but the number of vehicles using these lanes has really increased.
“We’re particularly worried about what will happen in the winter, when the ice and snow falls on these country lanes.”
One resident, Kelvin Jones was knocked to the ground by a vehicle, while another Brian Addleton, was involved in a head-on collision.
Mr McGrath said that residents would write to Solihull Council to see if any measures could be introduced to curb the number of accidents.
Speed limits in rural roads across the borough are currently under review, following changes to A and B roads.