Petition calling for traffic lights at site of fatal incident nearly 2,000 signatures strong (updated)

An online petition calling for traffic lights to be installed immediately at the site of Sunday’s fatal incident has attracted over 2,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.

police accident rain road by leehaywood

Following Sunday’s fatal road traffic incident, an online petition calling for traffic lights to be installed at the junction of Forest Road and Betty Haunt Lane has attracted almost 2,000 signatures.

The collision involved two cars and a bus and resulted in the tragic death of a woman in her 60s. The other passengers from her car all have serious injures, as well as the bus driver, who had to be cut out of the bus.

Prevent further accidents
The petition, set up by Cameron Palin, reads:

Put traffic lights on Forest Road [A3054] where the blind spot is – the site of the horrible traffic accident on 14 April 2019.

In order to prevent further accidents, Island Roads needs to instal traffic lights immediately. The IW Council must instruct Island Roads to do so now, and call an emergency Full Council and/or Cabinet meeting to approve this decision, if necessary.

If you wish to add your name to the petition, you can do so on the Change.org Website.

Response from the IWC
A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight council told OnTheWight,

“The council understands public concern about what has happened at Forest Road and expresses its sympathies to all those who have been affected.

“Relevant Island agencies and the police are still investigating the causes of this incident and, until they have completed their work, it is inappropriate to comment further.

“In general terms, any decision by the council to implement road safety measures is something that would be only done following the advice and input of those relevant agencies and experts after a thorough investigation of the circumstances of what happened.

“The council hopes the public will understand this cannot be done immediately.”

Article edit
12.33pm: Statement fro IWC added

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Monday, 15th April, 2019 11:43am

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eastcowes
Whether it’s traffic lights or some other traffic management method, something needs to be done. There have been many accidents there for years. I’m disappointed that the Council can’t seem to say that they will be taking some action, once all information can be gathered. The Council is notoriously slow in decision making and follow-through, and in this instance they cannot be their usual selves and must… Read more »
chartman

No knee jerk reactions please… there’s enough delays through idiot traffic calming schemes on the Island that are not needed by careful considerate drivers…

Rockhopper

Sadly, chartman, some traffic calming needs to be installed to keep others safe. This is such an awful crossroads…you have to have a very swift right foot when pulling out as the visibility is incredibly poor – and my car has nearly been rear-ended whilst waiting to turn right into Whitehouse Road – way more than once….

eastcowes

Not a knee-jerk reaction, but not a normal Council takes 10 years to talk about it and do nothing action. The whole island network needs investigation but something needs to be done quickly now. This is a notoriously bad spot, and many people have been lobbying the Council for years to get something done there….

greenfiremouse
As an occasional user of this junction, I have noticed that part of the problem are a) the high hedges/fences too close to the junction, making visibility very difficult and b) the fact that the corners are far too sharp. It is almost impossible to pull out of Whitehouse Road with a car of any significant length and not end up veering partially into oncoming traffic on… Read more »
mikeonthewight
This is a notorious accident blackspot with numerous crashes happening over the years. It is a sad state of affairs that there has had to be such a serious accident and loss of life to make our council sit up and take notice. I use this junction regularly and even though I know the road well and am very cautious when either approaching it along Forest Rd… Read more »
localresident

my granny lived in porchfield so my mum had to use this turning constantly. it is a nightmare to get out of from the porchfield side. used to be even worse when the donkey sanctuary was situated nearby.

laurentian

Were the cars involved local or visitors?

chartman

The lady that died was a resident….