Action needed at accident hotspot

Paul Kenny and his daughter Lily at the spot where a car crashed into his garden wall in Halifax Road, Brighouse
Paul Kenny and his daughter Lily at the spot where a car crashed into his garden wall in Halifax Road, Brighouse

FIGURES for the number of injury accidents in Halifax Road, Brighouse, have been revealed.

Councillor Colin Stout has received a list of injury accidents recorded by West Yorkshire Police along the road between 2007 and 2011.

Among the 14 injury accidents is one close to John King roundabout which involved two cars in December 2007. There were two close to Mill Grove, in August 2008 and in May 2010 when cars collided with stone walls.

There were six at the junction with Granny Hall Lane, the first in September 2008 when two cars and a heavy goods vehicle collided, in Novermber 2009 when a car hit a wall and a month later in December involving two cars.

In August 2010 the wing mirror of a heavy goods vehicle hit a pedestrian after the vehicle went to overtake a car. In April 2011 there was a two car collision at the junction and in August of the same year a 17-year-old was hit by a car coming out of Granny Hall Lane.

Two accidents were recorded close to Finkil Street. In May 2007 an 18-year-old was hit by a car and in December 2009 a car hit a tree.

Another was reported close to Half House Lane involving three cars. Close to Upper Green Lane in September 2007 there was a four-car collision and in May 2011 a cyclist was hit by a heavy goods vehicle.

There has been a series of non-injury accidents within that time, some reported by the Brighouse Echo. In June 2008 a car smashed through a wall and fence. Another vehicle careered into a wall outside the One Stop shop at the junction with Granny Hall Lane.

In July another car smashed through a wall opposite the Mill Grove junction. Two months later yet another car skidded into the gates of Slead Hall missing a Brighouse youngester by inches.

Three children had a lucky escape when a car veered out of control and came to rest within feet of the group who were waiting for a bus opposite Granny Hall Lane in October.

There was a car that lost control between Kershaw’s Garden Centre and Granny Hall Lane in September and within 12 hours another car had ploughed into Paul Kenny’s garden, the second in just 18 months.

There has also been a number of fatalities along the road.

Residents are campaigning for road safety measures along the road.