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‘I remember thinking ‘I don’t want to die’ - Crash victim launches road safety calls

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 02, 2014

  • 01/05/14 Road crash victim wants 'something to be done' about dangerous junction Wendy Zaidi was involved in a crash near Drakelow Power Station.

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‘I DON’T want to die’ were the words which raced through Wendy Zaidi’s head when she was involved in a crash on a stretch of rural road.

The collision with a bus and another car at the junction of Caldwell Road and Rosliston Road in Drakelow, on April 11, left the 59-year-old with tendon damage in both feet.

Now, Mrs Zaidi, who runs Mansditch Kennels, in Catton, will lobby for safety measures after seeing the aftermath of another collision the same spot just two weeks later.

Her calls joined a chorus for action along the stretch of road which have grown louder after the recent accidents.

She said: “Two weeks after the crash I thought I would brave it and go to Burton.

“I saw a brand new estate car upside down which just wrecked me and I thought someone had died.

“I’m a strong person, but it knocked me for six when the accident happened.

“I remember thinking ‘I don’t want to die’. I want to get it out of my system and create something positive from it.

The smash wrote off Mrs Zaidi’s Suzuki Jimny and left her hobbling on crutches.

But she fears other could be less fortunate unless action is taken.

She said: “I want to campaign because I had an accident and someone could be killed if something is not done, even if it’s temporary signs or speeds bumps.

“All of us are alive but it could have been worse. I want something to be done as soon as possible to make it safe.”

Mrs Zaidi added that she is now pushing for the police, highways and councillors to come up with a solution.

Her calls came just days after road safety campaigner Brian Storer told the Mail he wanted the road’s speed limit to be cut to 50mph.

He said: “I can’t believe that road - people go across it as if they are suicidal.

A spokesman from Derbyshire County Council had previously said the results of an investigation would give a clearer idea about what measures were needed.

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