08:00 Thursday 08 November 2012

Mum and baby taken to hospital after bollard hit

Written byROB SMYTH

A MOTHER and baby were taken to hospital after the car they were travelling in became the latest victim of Burton’s notorious bollards.

Bollards in High Street
Bollards in High Street

The pair were taken to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital, in Belvedere Road, yesterday after their journey into the town came to an abrupt halt in High Street.

The woman, described as being in her 30s, was turning left into High Street from New Street when her grey Seat Leon was caught by the bollard.

Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Ambulance attended the scene with both occupants taken to hospital to be checked over.

It is believed that the mother suffered ‘minor injuries’ and the child escaped unhurt.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police told the Mail: “We were called to an incident in High Street at around 12.20pm yesterday.

“After arriving on scene, officers found a car had collided with a bollard and that the vehicle contained a woman, in her 30s, and a child.

“The pair were taken to hospital to be checked over.”

The bollard was damaged and staff from Staffordshire County Council highways’ team were alerted to the problem.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We did attend the incident in Burton involving a car and a automatic bollard.

“One ambulance attended and a woman in her 30s and a child were taken to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.

“It is not believed that the injuries were too serious. We left the scene at 12.30pm.”

The rising bollards were installed by Staffordshire County Council in November 2008, in a bid to stop motorists flouting restrictions on entering the partpedestrianised area of High Street at peak times.

Dozens of drivers have been caught out by the controversial traffic management scheme since its inception.

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