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Motorbike pair taken to hospital after collision on ‘nightmare’ junction used by children every day

This photo was taken in September when parents expressed fears about their children having to use the junction where yesterday's collision took place

This photo was taken in September when parents expressed fears about their children having to use the junction where yesterday's collision took place

 

A motorbike rider and passenger were taken to hospital yesterday evening after a collision with a car on a junction that was previously branded ‘an accident waiting to happen’.

Police and paramedics were called to the Shootersway junction with Kings Road and Kingshill Way in Berkhamsted just after 6.10pm.

The motorist in the blue Vauxhall Corsa that collided with the motorbike was uninjured and able to drive away.

The injuries of the pair that were taken to Watford General Hospital in an ambulance have been described as ‘not life-threatening’.

Police closed Shootersway from the junction of the smash to its junction with Cross Oak Road until their red Yamaha motorbike could be recovered at 7.20pm.

Many children use that route to walk to and from nearby Ashlyns every day and have to cross at the bend where the collision took place.

Ashlyns began accepting younger pupils in Years 7 and 8 in September when it switched from being an upper to a secondary school.

At time, parents described the junction as a ‘nightmare’ and an ‘accident waiting to happen’ and headteacher James Shapland suggested a new crossing could be installed there

New measures have since been proposed to make the junction safer

But many say the proposals do not go far enough given that plans for a new development off Shootersway could put scores of extra cars on that road.

 

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