Safety pledge after horror lorry crash

Jewson Lorry Crash at the junction of Singleton Avenue and Shepherd Road in St Annes
Jewson Lorry Crash at the junction of Singleton Avenue and Shepherd Road in St Annes
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Community leaders today pledged to improve safety measures near a Fylde junction after a 10-tonne lorry crashed into a row of shops.

As reported in yesterday’s Gazette, a Jewson wagon collided with two cars at the junction of Singleton Avenue and Shepherd Road in St Annes before crashing into Perfect Harmony Bedrooms showroom at around 8.45am on Saturday.

Amazingly no-one was injured in the incident, but councillors have now pledged to campaign for improvements to safety measures near the busy junction.

Fylde’s Heyhouses ward councillor Barbara Nash said: “I know a lot of cars speed along these roads because when we have PACT meetings there are residents telling us.

“We will have to have a look at the situation with Lancashire County Council.

“We need to see if better signs are needed. I am just thankful no-one was seriously injured.”

Emergency services closed the road for more than eight hours on Saturday to allow the building to be made safe and the wagon to be removed.

An 83-year-old woman had to be rescued by firefighters from a neighbouring property, while search dogs were called from Merseyside Fire and Rescue to ensure no-one was in the showroom.

Fellow Heyhouses Coun Viv Willder added: “It is notorious down there.

“I am going to go down there with Coun Nash and see what the council can do.

“It is the third accident I know of in the last three years, but this is a bad one.”

Sim Lane-Dixon, Lancashire County Council highways manager for Fylde, added: “This incident has not yet been reported to us, however we’ll consider the police report and whether the circumstances suggest similar incidents could be prevented by any changes to the highway.”

Following the incident, police launched an appeal for witnesses.

PC Adam Dawson of the Road Policing Team said: “Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is urged to contact us with any information they may have that could help us to establish exactly what happened and to help us with our inquiries.”

Anyone with information is urged to call contact Lancashire Police on 101.