Pregnant woman in crash at crossroad 'hotspot'
September 28, 2006
A PREGNANT woman escaped injury after her car crashed at a “death-trap” crossroads leading to more calls for the junction to be made safer.
The woman’s car was involved in collision with two other cars at Osborne Lane and Warfield Street in Newell Green near Warfield last Thursday at around 3.20pm.
She was 11 weeks pregnant and another vehicle in the accident contained two children and a baby, prompting those living nearby to take action.
Ray Stevens, landlord of the Plough and Harrow, heard what he described as “a huge bang” before looking out the window to see what had happened.
He said: “It was a very big crash and looked particularly nasty and messy and there were children involved and a pregnant woman was treated for shock.
“The fire brigade were there because there was petrol leaking from one of the cars and traffic was held up in most directions.”
Last February he told the Standard he had asked Bracknell Forest Borough Council on several occasions to improve safety at the crossroads.
Mr Stevens says he has lost count of the number of accidents and near misses he has seen outside the pub and he believes it is only a matter of time before someone is killed.
This week he said: “There have been a number of close shaves and several rear-end shunts.
“We hear the screeching of brakes at least a couple of times a week and you just wait to hear the crunch.
“It is something that could so easily be avoided with more signs or lights on the approach to the crossroads to warn drivers they must give way.”
Warfield Parish Council has also had fears about the dangers on the crossroads, which has seen several accidents where cars have crashed into the memorial gateway opposite the pub.
Last year, Bracknell Forest’s transport development manager Roger Cook told the Standard the council had been “looking at possible future improvements to the junctions, though it is provisional and at an early stage”.
This week, Bracknell borough and Warfield parish councillor Gareth Barnard said: “I think it is fair to say there have been a number of accidents over the years with some cars.
“It is an extraordinarily difficult junction to make any safer because of its rural location and I feel Bracknell has responded in the best way it can but will continue to review the situation.
“As the accidents mount up it becomes more of a high priority and I will continue to make representations to officers at Bracknell to look at it but there is no easy solution.”