I’m waiting for a nasty accident

The car involved in the accident with a lorry approaching Skerton Bridge at 3.30 on Monday.
The car involved in the accident with a lorry approaching Skerton Bridge at 3.30 on Monday.
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A shop owner says he fears a fatality following a string of accidents at a busy road junction.

Bob Whitehead, who runs Fireplace Warehouse in Owen Road, by Skerton Bridge has witnessed four accidents in the last two weeks on the stretch of road outside his shop.

All four have involved large HGVs changing lanes to travel north across the bridge at Lancaster to Caton Road and the M6.

And Mr Whitehead, who has seen numerous near misses in his three years at the premises, said he fears worse is to come if the junction isn’t made safer.

“Four cars have been written off in the last fortnight,” he said.“They have all been hit by articulated lorries changing lanes, usually from right to left, right outside my shop.

“It’s usually smaller cars that the lorries struggle to see and they are just cutting in and either spinning the cars around or scraping down the side of them.”

In Monday’s accident, a woman and two young children had a lucky escape as their car was written off by an HGV slamming into it as it changed lanes.

“I am honestly wondering when there will be a fatality,” Mr Whitehead said.

“The lorries push the cars towards the bridge and I am just waiting for something nasty to happen. It’s a definite blackspot,” Mr Whitehead continued.

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said work was currently under way to introduce a new £220,000 scheme at the junction, in a bid to cut the number of accidents. This should be completed by mid-October.

There are currently temporary lights in the left hand lane while work is carried out.

This follows an accident investigation report finding that the majority of accidents were caused by weaving traffic, especially vehicles moving from the offside to the nearside lane on the approach to Skerton Bridge.

The situation is particularly difficult for HGVs where vehicles in the nearside lane may be in the driver’s blind spot.