A tragic story from Rhos-on-Sea in North Wales.
A PENSIONER was killed and another woman left seriously injured after a car hit two pedestrians. The crash happened in Rhos-on-Sea, when the car mounted the pavement and struck the two women outside shops on Rhos Road.
Fire crews had to help release the trapped casualties, while paramedics and two doctors battled to treat the women. Despite their desperate attempts a woman in her 70s was pronounced dead at the scene, soon after 3.30pm yesterday.
The other pedestrian was taken by ambulance to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd with serious injuries.
John Davies, 64, who runs Rhos Newsagents, fifty yards up Rhos Road from where the crash happened, said: “I heard a bang. I couldn’t see if anyone was injured. Then I heard someone shout ‘The driver’s hit the shop and one lady walking outside it is trapped’. Then the emergency services arrived and all hell let loose.”
One woman was standing near the scene. She said: “There was a woman under the car. My daughter in law ran over and was stroking her hair. There was a male driver in the car. He wasn’t moving. Whether he was in shock I don’t know.”
Emma Roberts, 30, works at The Corner Café 100 yards away. She said: “A lot of people use that junction and there’s a zebra crossing there too.”
This picture of the crash scene from the ITV News report is striking.
As is the picture from the BBC News report.
There is some pedestrian guardrail at this location. Surely this should have protected the two ladies from the errant car? Is this not what pedestrian guardrail is for?
At this location the guardrail has been used to stop people crossing the road in the ‘wrong place’.
It is not positioned to stop people on the pavement from being hit by cars.
This is the case with almost all ‘guardrail’, which is quite obviously fantastically misnamed, since it does no ‘guarding’ of pedestrians at all.
In reality it is pedestrian penning, anti-personnel fencing that is used to keep people out of the way of motor vehicles so their passage through villages, towns and cities is unhindered. Consequently it is located in places where pedestrians would naturally want to cross, and only coincidentally in places where pedestrians are at the greatest risk of being hit.
The BBC News report of this crash states that ‘two unnamed local women were involved in a collision with a blue Jaguar car in Rhos on Sea’, which is their usual extraordinary way of writing about these kinds of incident.
And, no doubt coincidentally, on the suburban street parallel to the one on which this fatal crash occurred, campaigners have recently managed to get traffic calming and a crossing installed, having previously measured motorists travelling at 50 and 60mph along the 30mph stretch, which serves as a shortcut to the road along the coast.