Woman and child ‘miraculously’ escape injury as their car plummets down four-metre bank
9:36am Friday 3rd August 2012 in Milford Haven
FURTHER road improvements are to take place at the site of an accident this week in which a woman and child ‘miraculously’ escaped serious injury.
The VW Polo veered off Thornton Road, in Milford Haven, and down a four - metre high bank into the back yard of JBH Supplies on Tuesday morning.
Barry Hallam, of JBH Supplies, said that around 100 accidents have happened in the area in the last five years.
He said it is only a matter of time before there is a fatality and that action must be taken immediately.
Mr Hallam and his staff were left shaken after witnessing the aftermath.
“Our main concern is that it seems only a matter of time before one of our employees or some of the schoolchildren that regularly use the footpath will be seriously hurt or even killed,” he said.
Mr Hallam said he had witnessed three separate collisions that morning and that it was a miracle the women and child had escaped the wreckage with only minor injuries.
Yesterday (Wednesday) morning it is understood that a senior member of the Highways Department at Pembrokeshire County Council was the latest person to crash on the Thornton Road bend.
Mr Hallam said he has serious concerns about his three daughters walking from the nearby Milford Haven School to his offices at the business park, and is also reluctant to build new offices in the yard with the current volume of accidents.
Mr Hallam said: “There have been in the region of 100 accidents in the past five years resulting in over 50 vehicles being written off.
“In the past two years I have kept a record of over 30 accidents and that’s just the ones I know of.”
A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesman said: “The bend in question is already subject to a number of safety measures including a 40mph speed limit, chevron markings plus ‘slow’ and ‘slippery road’ signs and a flashing roadside speed indicator.
“Following earlier concerns, the council is currently working on a scheme to further improve road safety at the location involving minor improvements to the road alignment with additional road markings and a new road surface. This work is expected to begin within the next few weeks.”
The council also confirmed further precautionary safety measures will also be implemented, including temporary traffic signals.