Safety calls as girl hit by car at roundabout in Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes
CONCERNED residents have said it was "only a matter of time" before someone got hurt on a busy Cleethorpes roundabout after a teenager was hit by a car there.
Shocked witnesses to yesterday's incident have now called for safety improvements to be made to the zebra crossings on Grimsby Road, near Isaac's Hill in the resort, claiming they are too close to the roundabout.
The 14-year-old girl was in collision with a silver Nisan Micra on the crossing just before the roundabout outside her Grimsby Road home at 8.30am.
Two police cars and two ambulances were called to the scene as shocked passing drivers – including two workmen – rushed to help her. One neighbour described seeing her lying "flat out" on the road.
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She was taken to Grimsby's, Diana Princess of Wales Hospital with minor injuries and the driver was visibly shocked.
A Humberside Police spokesperson said: "Police were in attendance at a road traffic collision that had happened on Isaac's Hill in Cleethorpes.
"A silver Nissan Micra was in collision with a 14-year-old girl."
The roundabout is one of the busiest in the resort as it is the main gateway into and out of Grimsby, especially during rush hour.
It has two zebra crossings at the Grimsby Road and Clee Road exits.
But pedestrians say they need to be moved further back from the roundabout to allow drivers more time to slow down, or be made into pelican crossings.
One mother-of-two from Cleethorpes who did not want to be named, claimed several cars had almost hit her and her children before.
"It has been only a matter of time," she said.
"They need to change where the zebra crossings are or put lights up, otherwise someone is going to get seriously hurt. I have lost count of how many times I have been nearly hit. Especially when I am with my baby.
"People have no time to brake or they just assume it is a clear exit."
Neighbour Ian Booles said: "I heard the bang as I was drinking my cup of tea. I ran outside and saw two workmen jump out their van and help her. She was just laid flat out on the floor. She was on the zebra crossing.
"This roundabout is a dangerous place and the crossings need to be moved or signposted better. They are far too close to the roundabout."
The roundabout is shared between Sidney Sussex and Croft Baker Wards.
Croft Baker Councillor Matthew Brown had not heard of any complaints by residents but urged them to talk to him if they had concerns.
He said: "As someone who has lived in the area all my life I have only known of one serious accident there. However, I can understand people have concerns and there is an argument that the zebra crossing should be moved backwards.
"If anyone does have worries in the Croft Baker ward I would like to know about them."
A recent review into accidents for the area around Isaac's Hill by NELC showed the zebra crossings provide the safest way for pedestrians to cross the road.
Jason Longhurst, head of development at NELC, said: "I would like to pass on my well wishes and I hope she makes a speedy recovery.
"There are no plans in place to make any changes to these crossings. The zebra crossings on both Clee Road and Grimsby Road are easily visible to motorists and both conform to design guidance issued nationally.
"The crossings also lie on a route where most people want to cross, so relocating them would potentially lead to a situation where more people cross at uncontrolled points, thereby increasing the risk of injury."