Accident crossing ‘worst in the town’

Accident crossing ‘worst in the town’

Accident crossing ‘worst in the town’

First published in Echo News

CONCERNS have been raised about the safety of a crossing after a woman was struck by a hit-andrun driver.

A woman, in her thirties, remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital, after being hit by a car at about 1.30pm at the zebra crossing on Clay Hill Road, near Swan Mead Park, Basildon.

She was airlifted to hospital after the incident and the driver of the car left the scene.

Now taxi drivers have said they don’t feel the crossing is safe.

Ralph Morgan, 71, of Sandon Road, Basildon, said: “It’s probably the worst crossing in Basildon.

“Right next to it is the park and lots of people walk straight out of it into the road without looking.

“There’s a footpath on one side which is obscured by trees, if someone steps out there you can’t see them walking up to the crossing.

“It could do with being cut back.

“I drive up there ten times a day. You do approach the crossing very carefully, but if you don’t drive there all the time you don’t know to watch out.”

John Buddell, 67, of Great Spenders, Basildon, said: “I don’t know if it’s an optical illusion or what but it is so hard to see someone crossing the road there, especially in the winter and when it’s dark.

“In 30 years of driving a taxi I think it’s the worst place I’ve seen to have a crossing. At the least it should be a pelican crossing so someone can press a button and you know someone’s waiting to cross.”

Police are continuing their investigation to find the hitand- run driver.

An Essex Highways spokesman said: “We are very sorry to hear about the collision. We will wait for the police report before we identify if any actions need to be taken.

“The safety of residents and all road users is of the utmost importance to the county council.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact PC Jenny Pirie at the serious collision investigation unit at Essex Police on 101 or email collisionappeal@ essex.pnn.police.uk

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6:14am Mon 9 Jun 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

So run someone over, drive off leaving them seriously injured, but lets blame it all on the crossing.
So run someone over, drive off leaving them seriously injured, but lets blame it all on the crossing. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 14

7:21am Mon 9 Jun 14

flapjack says...

I can't believe a taxi driver has the front to say that its the worst crossing in Basildon, they break more speed restrictions than anyone else in the town, what a Fcuking cheek, they are the biggest breakers of the laws on the roads and they talk about road saftey.......glass houses and flying stones.
I can't believe a taxi driver has the front to say that its the worst crossing in Basildon, they break more speed restrictions than anyone else in the town, what a Fcuking cheek, they are the biggest breakers of the laws on the roads and they talk about road saftey.......glass houses and flying stones. flapjack
  • Score: 17

8:16am Mon 9 Jun 14

Grohldoll says...

I live along Clay Hill Road and am a pedestrian, let me tell you I take my life in my own hands everytime I use a crossing along there. I have been halfway across a ccrossing when a car has come along like a maniac and nearly knocked me over. I have had to drag my son out of harms way as the drivers don't feel the need to slow down and stop at a crossing even though we are crossing. I never just walk out I always check whats coming problem is Clay Hill road is like a section of a formula one racetrack some days and taxi drivers are among the worst.
I live along Clay Hill Road and am a pedestrian, let me tell you I take my life in my own hands everytime I use a crossing along there. I have been halfway across a ccrossing when a car has come along like a maniac and nearly knocked me over. I have had to drag my son out of harms way as the drivers don't feel the need to slow down and stop at a crossing even though we are crossing. I never just walk out I always check whats coming problem is Clay Hill road is like a section of a formula one racetrack some days and taxi drivers are among the worst. Grohldoll
  • Score: 18

11:20am Mon 9 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

It's not the crossing that's dangerous it's the road users.
It's not the crossing that's dangerous it's the road users. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 15

1:04pm Mon 9 Jun 14

beejiu says...

Just had a look on Google Maps.

* Road is perfectly straight
* Crossing is clearly visible.
* The only buses are on the adjacent side to where users cross, so all pedestrians can be seen.
* There are two street lights illuminating the cross on both sides, as well as the yellow flashing lights.
* Paint markings are clearly visible.

I'd go as far to say this is probably the safest crossing in Essex. It's obviously the reckless motorists that are the problem here.
Just had a look on Google Maps. * Road is perfectly straight * Crossing is clearly visible. * The only buses are on the adjacent side to where users cross, so all pedestrians can be seen. * There are two street lights illuminating the cross on both sides, as well as the yellow flashing lights. * Paint markings are clearly visible. I'd go as far to say this is probably the safest crossing in Essex. It's obviously the reckless motorists that are the problem here. beejiu
  • Score: 11

6:00pm Mon 9 Jun 14

John Right says...

beejiu wrote:
Just had a look on Google Maps.

* Road is perfectly straight
* Crossing is clearly visible.
* The only buses are on the adjacent side to where users cross, so all pedestrians can be seen.
* There are two street lights illuminating the cross on both sides, as well as the yellow flashing lights.
* Paint markings are clearly visible.

I'd go as far to say this is probably the safest crossing in Essex. It's obviously the reckless motorists that are the problem here.
bout the jay walking druggies, jumping out to cross the road ?
[quote][p][bold]beejiu[/bold] wrote: Just had a look on Google Maps. * Road is perfectly straight * Crossing is clearly visible. * The only buses are on the adjacent side to where users cross, so all pedestrians can be seen. * There are two street lights illuminating the cross on both sides, as well as the yellow flashing lights. * Paint markings are clearly visible. I'd go as far to say this is probably the safest crossing in Essex. It's obviously the reckless motorists that are the problem here.[/p][/quote]bout the jay walking druggies, jumping out to cross the road ? John Right
  • Score: -1

8:29pm Mon 9 Jun 14

born and raised criminal says...

Taxi drivers are the worst of the worst. Ralph Morgan getting his 15 minutes of fame again. How many times has he been in this paper? I bet it was probably him that knocked her over. Uses it 10 times a day? Probably speeds himself as his a taxi driver? Just using the media to cover up his innocence.
Taxi drivers are the worst of the worst. Ralph Morgan getting his 15 minutes of fame again. How many times has he been in this paper? I bet it was probably him that knocked her over. Uses it 10 times a day? Probably speeds himself as his a taxi driver? Just using the media to cover up his innocence. born and raised criminal
  • Score: -2

9:18pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Michelle8171 says...

I live just off clay hill road in the last month there has been 2 car accidents at junction with vange hill drive and clay hill road it's only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt or going through my wall into my back garden :( the trees and bushes are out of control basildon council need to take action as it is very dangerous also a speed camera and bumps would be helpful.
I live just off clay hill road in the last month there has been 2 car accidents at junction with vange hill drive and clay hill road it's only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt or going through my wall into my back garden :( the trees and bushes are out of control basildon council need to take action as it is very dangerous also a speed camera and bumps would be helpful. Michelle8171
  • Score: 3

10:49pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Mikkel1 says...

IF the truth be made known, it needs MORE coppers patrolling and preventing this sort of thing happening, INSTEAD of sending out a mob of them when an accident does occur, as they do where I live? Other times, we ONLY ever se them when some VIP is in the area, and again, Mob handed.
IF the truth be made known, it needs MORE coppers patrolling and preventing this sort of thing happening, INSTEAD of sending out a mob of them when an accident does occur, as they do where I live? Other times, we ONLY ever se them when some VIP is in the area, and again, Mob handed. Mikkel1
  • Score: -1

11:42pm Mon 9 Jun 14

imnotanimby says...

Michelle8171 wrote:
I live just off clay hill road in the last month there has been 2 car accidents at junction with vange hill drive and clay hill road it's only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt or going through my wall into my back garden :( the trees and bushes are out of control basildon council need to take action as it is very dangerous also a speed camera and bumps would be helpful.
Visibility is greatly reduced for cars emerging from Vange Hill Drive due to the overgrown bushes/conifers in the front garden of the house on the corner. It makes for a very dangerous situation and, as you say, the potential for a serious accident. It seems that the owner wants complete seclusion but this should not be at the expense of someones life - surely some net curtains or blinds would suffice.
[quote][p][bold]Michelle8171[/bold] wrote: I live just off clay hill road in the last month there has been 2 car accidents at junction with vange hill drive and clay hill road it's only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt or going through my wall into my back garden :( the trees and bushes are out of control basildon council need to take action as it is very dangerous also a speed camera and bumps would be helpful.[/p][/quote]Visibility is greatly reduced for cars emerging from Vange Hill Drive due to the overgrown bushes/conifers in the front garden of the house on the corner. It makes for a very dangerous situation and, as you say, the potential for a serious accident. It seems that the owner wants complete seclusion but this should not be at the expense of someones life - surely some net curtains or blinds would suffice. imnotanimby
  • Score: 1

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