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Fears grow over Meriden accident hotspot

MERIDEN residents have renewed calls for traffic calming measures to be installed in Eaves Green Lane, following another collision on Saturday.

MERIDEN residents have renewed calls for traffic calming measures to be installed in Eaves Green Lane, following another collision on Saturday.

A car had lost control on a blind bend, careering into a telegraph pole and erupting into flames - which gutted the vehicle and brought the wires down.

A group of residents, who had been manning the nearby gypsy protest camp, had come to the aid of the young couple in the car - who escaped the smash unhurt.

Marilyn Crawley, aged 57, said that the group had heard a “massive crash” at around 10.30pm and had run down the country lane to find out what had happened.

“It was an almighty bang, we didn’t know what mess we were going to find when we got down there,” said the Showell Lane resident.

“By the time we reached the bend, a young couple were out of the car, we just thanked God that they weren’t hurt.

“We were slightly worried because there was a fuel tank in a garden a few feet away and the car had begun to smoulder.

“Then it went up in flames and we had to get everyone back.”

The shaken driver and his female passenger, both Warwick University students, were taken to hospital by paramedics.

Police officers also attended the scene, while two fire engines tackled the blaze that had engulfed the vehicle.

Meriden residents said the smash is the latest in the lane.

A motorcyclist veered into a ditch last August while several pedestrians have been knocked over.

Marilyn has said she would like to see chevrons or some other measures introduced to warn people of the sudden curve in the road.

 

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