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Mum calls for action over dangerous bend after head-on crash

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A mum and her four-month-old baby were taken to hospital after a car crash in Sheffield yesterday.

Megan Thornhill, 20, was driving along Badger Road in the Woodhouse area of Sheffield with her daughter, Scarlett, when they were involved in the head-on collision yesterday afternoon.

The crash happened when Megan overtook a van that had been parked on a blind bend and was struck by what she alleges was a speeding driver on their mobile phone.

She told South Yorkshire Live : “On the road that I was coming down, on one side of the bend it’s completely blocked off with parked cars so I tried to overtake a van, I checked to make sure that nothing was coming, and the woman on the other side was speeding and was on her mobile phone.

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“But because I had to overtake the van and had to go onto her side of the road, I’m being blamed for the crash.”

Four-month-old Scarlett, who was secured in the front passenger seat, was taken to hospital in an ambulance after the crash, which happened at around 4pm yesterday (June 10).

The crash has written off Megan's car
The crash has written off Megan’s car

Luckily, the tot is okay and uninjured except for a small scratch on her leg, but Megan said that she has been showing signs of shock since the crash.

“Luckily she’s fine, I think she’s still a bit shocked because she’s been a bit unsettled for the last few days”, Megan said.

She added: “It was quite scary to be honest, I was more shocked hoping that Scarlett would be okay. I’ve just got a few burns and bruises and cuts, because the air bag exploded so I’ve got burns on my arm but it wrote my car off.”

She said she would not be as angry about the crash if she did not have her little girl in the car – and said it ‘could have been fatal’.

Megan said that she now wants Sheffield City Council to consider putting additional safety measures in place at the bend on Badger Road, either appropriate off-road car parking to stop vehicles parking on the bend, or a mirror to help motorists see past larger parked vehicles such as vans.

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South Yorkshire Police said: “Police were called at around 4pm on Wednesday 9 June to reports of a road traffic collision in Woodhouse.

“It is reported that a Ford Fiesta and BMW were involved in a collision in Badger Road. The driver and passenger of the BMW, and the driver of the Fiesta suffered minor injuries.

“The passenger of the Fiesta, a 4-month-old baby, was uninjured but was taken to hospital via ambulance as a precaution.”

They have confirmed that enquiries are ongoing and anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 668 of 9 June.

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Written by: Rother Radio News


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