Calls for action on accident blackspot

Accident at Coppull Road

Accident at Coppull Road

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A Chorley councillor has called for action after another smash at a notorious accident blackspot.

Two people narrowly escaped serious injury after a three-vehicle collision on Coppull Road.

The accident, at 1.30pm on Friday, involved a black Vauxhall Corsa, a white DAF truck and a Peugeot 306.

Now Coun Ken Ball, who represents the Coppull ward, said it was only a matter of time before someone was killed.

He said: “Over the last five years there has been about six fatalities within 100 metres of the junction,

“There are always accidents coming out of the [nearby] tip as well.

“It has been bad for as long as I can remember, and I have now been in Coppull for 30 years.

“People pick up speed coming out of Coppull, and they then go round the bend.”

Coun Ball said he had been concerned about the road for almost 15 years, and had approached Lancashire County Council on many occasions regarding the problem.

He said: “They need to get something done.

“How many accidents do we need down there, until they do something about it?

“I’m waiting for the next fatality.”

The latest collision comes just one year after the death of pensioner, John Haydock, 81, whose car was struck by a motorbike on the same road.

Coun Ball has now come up with three different options of how he thinks the issue can be resolved.

He said: “They can make the road 30mph all the way down, and just hope that people will comply.

“They can get a roundabout, which is a big job.

“Or they can get traffic lights, which would be ideal.

He said: “I am going to keep on plugging, until something gets done.

“That’s all I can do.”

A spokesman from Lancashire Constabulary said: “There is one lad who has a sore leg, and one girl who has minor injuries.”