A WOMAN who suffered crush injuries after she became trapped between a bus and a car was yesterday said to be in a stable condition.
The victim, in her 40s, was pinned against the bus which she had just stepped off, in Princess Way, Stretton, when she was struck by a car on Tuesday.
She suffered injuries to her chest, ribs and pelvis and was airlifted to hospital after being freed by rescue teams.
The cause of the crash remains unclear, but in the aftermath of the incident, residents have questioned the safety of the busy road, which changes from 40mph to 30mph just beyond where the accident happened heading into the centre of Stretton.
Last year, 88-year-old James Grindlay was killed when a bus hit his mobility scooter in Princess Way.
Joy Tunnicliff, who lives in Kingsmead, just yards from the crash site, has vowed never to walk along the road again.
She said: “I’ve decided I’m not walking along main road anymore, it’s too dangerous. I’ll be walking through the estate after what happened yesterday.”
Her husband Roy,84, said he regularly witnesses cars speeding along the stretch.
He said: “I heard the helicopter flying, then I heard the ambulance and the fire engines. The first thing I thought is that there has been an accident. I’ve always said there was going to be an accident along there. Cars travel too fast.”
Len Milner, who represents Stretton on East Staffordshire Borough Council, admitted many people have raised concerns regarding the speed limit along Princess Way, but said he was unsure whether the incident added weight to calls for a change.
But he did say he would be in favour of the 30mph limit being extended further from the centre of Stretton.
He said: “Very often people aren’t going 30mph because many people don’t slow down immediately. I would support moving the 30mph zone a bit further up, but I’m not sure this accident is a reason to alter the speed limit completely. It could have been just a freak accident.”