Published: 29/07/2011 08:00

Bollard impales two more cars in two days


BURTON’S infamous rising bollards have struck for the second time in two days.

Bollards strike again
Bollards strike again

An elderly male driver was hit by the bollards at the library end of High Street, at around 11am yesterday.

The rising posts tore through the underside of the blue Citroen Xsara Picasso, setting off the airbags and leaving a trial of oil and debris strewn across the road and pavement.

An ambulance and police car attended and the driver was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

When approached by the Mail, the driver declined to comment.

It is the second incident in as many days after a grey Rover 75 ran into trouble with the same bollard at 11.15am on Wednesday.

The 04-registered car was left with a cracked windscreen and a smashed front end.

Yesterday’s crash happened on the eve of the long-awaited results of a safety review into the controversial traffic calming scheme, which were expected to be published today.

The independent report was carried out by highways engineers at Staffordshire County Council following a spate of incidents where vehicles were impaled.

A new sign was installed further up the road last month to warn drivers of the traffic calming measures.

The bollards were installed by Staffordshire County Council in November 2008 in a £200,000 project to stop motorists flouting traffic restrictions through the town centre.

Since then, scores of drivers have crashed into the bollards, with the damage totalling thousands of pounds.

The Mail revealed in June that the total repair bill to the bollards themselves topped more than £20,000, though the county council tries to recover the costs through the drivers reponsible.

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