Driver’s call for signs after near miss

Vicky Barlow with her car
Vicky Barlow with her car

A SHOCKED motorist was forced to brake and swerve across the opposite carriageway when a deer leapt out in front of her car as she drove to work.

Vicky Barlow narrowly avoided hitting the animal on New Road, Coppull, close to the Birkacre Garden Centre.

Now the 43-year-old is calling for better road signage in the area in order to prevent any harm to both drivers and deer in future.

Vicky lives on New Road, Coppull with her fiance Andrew Hughes, 42. They only moved there about a month ago. She said: “This deer jumped out of the woods right in front of the car.

“I had to slam on and just missed it.

“I thought it was a greyhound to be honest at first.

“It ran right in front of the car. If it wasn’t for my quick reactions I would have hit it.

“I braked and swerved at the same time.

“Nothing was coming the other way which is lucky.

“We would have hit it and the deer would have been killed.”

After its narrow escape, the deer disappeared into the woods on the opposite side of the road at Yarrow Valley Park.

Vicky, operations manager at TVS, Chorley, said: “I am new to the area so I wasn’t expecting this and was even more surprised to find no signposts stating the risk in that area.”

Coun Bev Murray, who oversees wildlife issues for Chorley Council, said: “There are a number of small groups of roe deer that move round the countryside.

“It happens at Healey Nab, Duxbury Woods, Plock Wood and Yarrow Valley. Unfortunately it is not unusual for them to be involved in accidents as they cross roads to the next area of woodland.”

Alan Capstick, Lancashire County Council’s highways manager for Chorley, said: “We would normally erect deer warning signs where there are high numbers and regular incidents of deer crossing the highway.

“We will make enquiries to determine the numbers involved in order to assess whether warning signs are needed.”