Residents’ safety call after car smash shock

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Residents have called for safety measures on a busy Doncaster road after a parked car was thrown into the central reservation during a rush hour crash.

Locals say the incident yesterday morning is the latest in a long line of smashes and near misses on Shaftesbury Avenue in Intake.

A car ended up in the central reservation of the road after the collision, just after 7am.

Christine Sowerby, who owns the Toyota Corolla which was destroyed during the incident, said: “My car was parked outside my drive on the street and I was in the kitchen and I heard a noise.

“My husband came and shouted me. I looked out of the window and I couldn’t believe it.

“My car was in the middle of the road, all smashed up.

“I was in shock. It’s a complete write off.

“I’m a foster carer and I rely on my car – it’s my life.

“I’ve only had it two years, I’m absolutely gutted.”

The road was closed in both directions between the Tudor Road junction and the Evelyn Avenue junction after the collision.

One motorist was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Residents say accidents on the stretch are becoming a weekly occurrence.

Shaftesbury Avenue resident John Clarke said: “Crashes happen pretty regularly on this stretch.

“There are always police cars and ambulances on the street because there’s been another accident.

“People overtake buses and all sorts. There’s a give way sign on the junction of Evelyn Avenue but there needs to be a stop sign.

“There was someone air lifted to hospital the other week after an accident. Something needs to be done. I’m sure it will keep happening until something is done.”

Doncaster Council has vowed to pay particular attention to any ‘emerging patterns’ on the road following yesterday’s crash.

Director of regeneration and environment Peter Dale said: “We were very concerned to hear about this incident. The road has a 20mph speed limit with safety features such as road markings and refuge islands, but of course safety does rely on drivers being responsible, and driving appropriately to the conditions and within the law.

“The road safety situation across communities in Doncaster is regularly reviewed, and particular attention will be given to any emerging patterns here.

“In the meantime, we await further information on what happened and will assist the police with any on-going enquiries wherever possible.”

A police spokesman said: “Emergency services were called at around 7.05am yesterday to reports of a collision involving a silver Toyota Corolla and a silver Toyota Auris in Shaftesbury Avenue, Intake. One person was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.”

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