ANOTHER crash at a notorious accident blackspot in Shirley has renewed residents’ calls for safety to be improved there.
The driver had a miracle escape when a fence post impaled his car after he lost control and crashed on Cranmore Boulevard, near the junction of Stratford Road, Shirley, last Friday.
Solihull fire crews, who cut him free from the wreckage, said he was millimetres away from suffering a serious injury - the post had pinned his jacket to the seat. He was taken to hospital with suspected spine and abdominal injuries.
Stratford Road resident, Sandra Allen, has long campaigned for improved safety along the stretch of road.
“This latest accident just proves something needs to be done here,” said the 56-year-old.
“Ideally, I would like to see the island removed. I have seen a lot of accidents happen at this spot. The speed people are driving at is also an issue. The speed limit is already 40mph.”
Councillor Gary Allport (Con, Shirley South) added: “I have asked the council to look at improving safety along this part of the road.
“I’m no expert and I’m not sure what can be done but I think removing the island would make traffic flow worse.”
Leader of the Council, Councillor Ken Meeson said the local authority took reports of crashes seriously, but admitted no changes were planned at this spot.
“We have received one other report of a road traffic collision which involved serious injuries at this particular location in the previous three years,” he said. “However we will continue to liaise closely with the police about the cause of this most recent accident and give due consideration to any measures that may be required.”