Three crashes in last six months at fire engine crash junction
Jan 13 2009 by Sam Casey, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
CONCERNS have been raised about the stretch of a Huddersfield road where a man was left critically injured after being hit by a fire engine.
Local people talked of previous accidents on the same stretch of Lockwood Road, including one in which two children were hurt.
Imran Safdar, who runs the post office in Lockwood just yards from the accident site, said: “There have been three incidents there in the last six months.
“Two children were knocked over about two months ago. Someone else was hit but wasn’t badly hurt. It needs to be looked at.”
The 37-year-old victim was one of three people knocked down on Lockwood Road, Lockwood, as Huddersfield firefighters responded to a 999 call on Saturday.
They were all crossing at the lights-controlled pedestrian crossing outside Lockwood Post Office and convenience store, where they had been shopping, at about 4.45pm.
The fire engine hit them as it drove around a crossing island on the wrong side of the road to get past traffic that was backed up at the traffic lights at Lockwood Bar.
The injured man, whose identity has not been released, remains in a “critical” condition at Leeds General Infirmary.
He is a Kirklees Council carer believed to work at North House, a residential home for people with learning disabilities, on Swan Lane in Lockwood.