Campaign for crossing after RTA

General view of Miles Lane, near the Mill Lane junction (right)
General view of Miles Lane, near the Mill Lane junction (right)

A PENSIONER is campaigning for a zebra crossing in the place where she herself was injured in a road smash.

Ann Whitworth of Appley Bridge was rushed to Wigan Infirmary after she was in a collision with a car while walking her dog near her home on Miles Lane just weeks ago.

She had been taking a trip to the nearby post office when she was sent flying by the vehicle.

Thankfully, the pensioner escaped with cuts and bruises.

But now Mrs Whitworth is on a personal crusade to have extra safety measures put on the road.

She said: “It all happened so fast I barely had time to comprehend what was happening. To be honest I’m just relieved my little dog is okay.

“My impression was that the driver started accelerating when he saw me as he must have been going at least 40mph along the road.

“The driver, who was in a black car with LED lights, clipped me but I fell backwards and landed with a big thud on the floor.

“I was very, very fortunate to have escaped with just minor injuries but I know that if I was a child, the outcome would be much different.

“Unfortunately there were no witnesses to the incident but I was surprised at the amount of emergency services who turned up, as there were two police cars and an ambulance. It made me think something much worse had happened to me.

“And I’m not the only one. I have been told of numerous collisions on that road, especially recently.

“So I think somebody needs to come forward and stop this from happening.

“I believe that a zebra crossing would definitely encourage drivers to think twice before speeding up the road.

“There has to be somewhere passengers can cross safely on that busy road without a fear for being knocked down.

“It’s only a matter of time before something tragic happens if nothing is done about this problem.”

Even bosses at Wigan Council have backed Mrs Whitworth’s campaign.

Mark Tilley, assistant director for infrastructure at Wigan Council, said: “We take the safety of our residents very seriously, as demonstrated by the 20mph campaign we’ve rolled our across the borough.

“We welcome Ms Whitworth’s suggestions about how to further improve the safety of our roads.”

The driver stopped after the accident.

Police say no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.