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.”
12.33pm: Statement fro IWC added