Call for speed bumps after Kinninvie junction accident
A MOTORIST involved in a three-car pile-up is calling for speed bumps to make a dangerous crossroad in the dale safer.
Terry Harrison, from Crook, was travelling home from Barnard Castle on Wednesday, March 4, when he was involved in a three-car accident at Kinninvie crossroads.
It was the third of four crashes at the danger spot in as many weeks – the most recent, saw a SUV career through the wall of one of the houses and into a family’s dining room.
Mr Harrison, 46, said it was dusk as he approached Kinninvie that evening and he did not see the warning signs.
Mr Harrison added: “It just jumped out at me. It was just too late.
“It could have been a lot worse.”
He suffered cuts on his hands and his ribs were bruised in the collision.
Mr Harrison said: “It was terrible. It was as if everything was spinning. I hoped everyone was okay.”
Following the accident, he has called for additional measures to be taken to make the crossroads safer, particularly for those travelling from Barnard Castle.
Mr Harrison said: “Something really needs to be done.
“All it would take is a speed bump – that is all that is needed.”
A petition has also been launched by others who were involved in one of the other collisions (see story below) calling for action to be taken and various options are currently being considered by Durham County Council.
The measures include coloured Tarmac and an electronic sign which will flash up when people are approaching the crossroads.
Cllr Richard Bell, who represents Kinninvie on the county council, said he had been in touch with officers to impress upon them the urgency of the planned works.