Lethal bend safety call after road crash

Collision scene Birches Lane. Picture by West Midlands Ambulance Service.
Collision scene Birches Lane. Picture by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Calls for action around a “lethal blind bend” in Birches Lane have increased after a woman was cut from her car following a collision on Tuesday.

The notorious road has been the centre of safety calls for years and, thanks to calls by residents, a pedestrian crossing should be on the way.

But after fire crews had to cut a woman from her car further down the road on Tuesday afternoon following a serious two-car collision, calls have increased to make changes.

The driver in her 40s was trapped for around 45 minutes and the rescue took over half an hour.

She suffered a fractured femur and chest and back injuries and taken to the major trauma centre at the University Hospital in Coventry.

Cllr David Shilton (Con, Parkhill) has campaigned about the poor visibility along the busy road for years and said more needs to be done about the speed at which drivers come out onto Windy Arbour and Glasshouse Lane.

“The bend by Windy Arbour is absolutely lethal,” he said. “We have markings down there after I have been saying for years that people need to slow down coming round it.

“But they are just ignored. People speed along there and it really is very dangerous.

“You take your life in your hands when you go round that bend and if anyone comes out round there too fast, other drivers are in real trouble.

“We just need people to slow down. The trouble is this area is used as a cut through to Coventry Road and is getting busier all the time.”

He assured people that a crossing, following requests from residents, was “progressing well” and that increased concern over safety on the road would not be ignored. Both cars suffered damage in Tuesday’s collision but no one else was harmed.