Safety fears as second car ploughs into shops

February 01 2018

STAFF at a rank of shops in Longwell Green are calling for safety measures after a car ploughed into a shop window for the second time in six months.

 

STAFF at a rank of shops in Longwell Green are calling for safety measures after a car ploughed into a shop window for the second time in six months.

Workers at Blue Sky Property in Ellacombe Road were left terrified after a blue Volkswagen estate mounted a pavement and smashed into the window at around 10.15am on Saturday January 27.

A similar accident happened in July when a red Toyota Auris careered into the window of the same business.

Although no one was hurt in either of the incidents, people who work along the rank are now planning to lobby South Gloucestershire Council to install bollards to prevent it happening again. They say because the shops are close to Longwell Green Primary School and a bus stop, urgent road safety measures must be taken.

Blue Sky company director Juliette Maytham said: "A woman had gone to park and hadn't stopped so bounced up over the kerb. The driver flattened a huge metal post which normally has hanging baskets on it in the summer. She came straight over the top of it and came flying towards the office, smashing into our shop window.

"Colleagues saw the car and on realising it wasn't going to stop, dived towards the back of the office. They were understandably pretty shaken up and shocked.

"Thankfully, the woman was ok and told the police she couldn't remember anything."

An ambulance took the driver home while police cordoned off the site. 

The fire brigade were called to check the building was sound before removing the car.

Despite having their window boarded up, Blue Sky remained open. Miss Maytham said: "One of the ladies in the chemist has been working here for 19 years and in all that time has never known of there being any accidents. Now, in the past six months, we have had two cars drive into the front of our office.Last July, an older chap passed out and his family think he may have had a mini stroke. Thankfully, nobody was hurt. Our office is on a bit of a slope so luckily he hit the bottom end of the office where a small wall took the majority of the impact but the whole window was smashed back into the office. The front window display was bashed but thankfully there was no one sitting at the front window of the office at the time.

"There was a lady who had just walked past moments beforehand and must have considered herself very lucky that day.

"We've been so lucky both times that our window has managed to take most of the impact and stop the cars coming in. It does seem odd to have two similar accidents in quick succession but it does highlight that something needs to be done.

A council spokesman said: "Our traffic engineer responsible for this area will carry out a detailed investigation of the incident as soon as possible and contact the estate agents as part of this."