Anger as car demolishes bridge in hit-and-run incident just yards from where Burnley teen was killed

The scene of the accident

Estelle Thompson was killed at the same spot

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A CAR has demolished a canal bridge in a hit-and-run incident just yards from where a teenager from Burnley lost her life in a car accident three weeks ago.

Villagers in Hapton are now demanding action after the latest incident surrounding the humpback bridge in Manchester Road, close to where 17-year Estelle Thompson was killed.

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Last night parish councillors were meeting to debate their latest move as part of their campaign to curb speeding traffic around the Leeds and Liverpool Canal crossing.

The Sunday afternoon collision, where a red Vauxhall Corsa which struck the wall and drove off, is at least the second time in three years that the bridge has been substantially damaged by a vehicle.

And a week before Estelle’s crash residents looked on in disbelief as a driver and three passengers in a red Vauxhall Corsa became airborne while trying to negotiate the bridge and bend.

Parish council chairman Coun Tim Birbeck said a number of possible solutions were under consideration and the authority was seeking the support of Lancashire Police for traffic-calming measures. He added: “Speed cameras do work to an extent but they cannot cover every inch of the road.

“My personal view would be that you could narrow the bridge down to one lane and install traffic lights at either end, to make it one way.”

But the councillor acknowledges that this may even prove difficult if motorists attempt to ‘beat the lights’ while driving along the straight road from Padiham.

Another potential measure could be improved signage, at both ends of the village, or even speed strips before and after the bridge – but people fear this may have a limited impact.

Coun Birbeck added: “Local people know what the score with the road is – it’s people who are driving through that are coming a cropper.

“You still get people coming through the village at 50 or 60mph and you can’t account for careless drivers.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman confirmed that the incident had been reported to the constabulary at around 2.40pm and the car is thought to have driven away.

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10:01am Tue 12 Aug 14

gazzandste says...

Would putting in pavements and traffic lights and narrowing the bridge to single lane stop these idiots from speeding.
Would putting in pavements and traffic lights and narrowing the bridge to single lane stop these idiots from speeding. gazzandste
  • Score: 9

10:18am Tue 12 Aug 14

jockjas says...

Maybe the common denominator is the Red Vauxhall Corsa referred to in each of the incidents. Could just be the same plonker who doesn't learn a lesson even having become airborne. Obviously others take insufficient care or don't care at all but what's the odds Corsa Man is known locally?
Maybe the common denominator is the Red Vauxhall Corsa referred to in each of the incidents. Could just be the same plonker who doesn't learn a lesson even having become airborne. Obviously others take insufficient care or don't care at all but what's the odds Corsa Man is known locally? jockjas
  • Score: 16

11:05am Tue 12 Aug 14

rudis_dad says...

gazzandste wrote:
Would putting in pavements and traffic lights and narrowing the bridge to single lane stop these idiots from speeding.
No. Speed bumps would be the best answer, and preferably the ones that go full width of the road instead of these stupid pillow-mounds which you can driver round or over.

Or, failing that, introducing a system where motorists are taught how to drive, rather than how to pass a test. And then intorducing a compulsory retest every five years.

And maybe an intelligence test, too - IQ lower than 115? No driving licence then. Take the bus.
[quote][p][bold]gazzandste[/bold] wrote: Would putting in pavements and traffic lights and narrowing the bridge to single lane stop these idiots from speeding.[/p][/quote]No. Speed bumps would be the best answer, and preferably the ones that go full width of the road instead of these stupid pillow-mounds which you can driver round or over. Or, failing that, introducing a system where motorists are taught how to drive, rather than how to pass a test. And then intorducing a compulsory retest every five years. And maybe an intelligence test, too - IQ lower than 115? No driving licence then. Take the bus. rudis_dad
  • Score: 6

11:10am Tue 12 Aug 14

DaveBurnley says...

Oh, not more speed bumps, please......


The only deterrent these people understand is a real punishment, say 5 years for a hit and run. Get rid of the pathetic smack on the hand, so like our beloved Judge L**T.
Oh, not more speed bumps, please...... The only deterrent these people understand is a real punishment, say 5 years for a hit and run. Get rid of the pathetic smack on the hand, so like our beloved Judge L**T. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 12

11:20am Tue 12 Aug 14

gazzandste says...

rudis_dad wrote:
gazzandste wrote:
Would putting in pavements and traffic lights and narrowing the bridge to single lane stop these idiots from speeding.
No. Speed bumps would be the best answer, and preferably the ones that go full width of the road instead of these stupid pillow-mounds which you can driver round or over.

Or, failing that, introducing a system where motorists are taught how to drive, rather than how to pass a test. And then intorducing a compulsory retest every five years.

And maybe an intelligence test, too - IQ lower than 115? No driving licence then. Take the bus.
I was driving a bus last August, parked at the bus stop outside the Railway inn. I was hit head on with a car. Nothing new for that area of Hapton.
[quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzandste[/bold] wrote: Would putting in pavements and traffic lights and narrowing the bridge to single lane stop these idiots from speeding.[/p][/quote]No. Speed bumps would be the best answer, and preferably the ones that go full width of the road instead of these stupid pillow-mounds which you can driver round or over. Or, failing that, introducing a system where motorists are taught how to drive, rather than how to pass a test. And then intorducing a compulsory retest every five years. And maybe an intelligence test, too - IQ lower than 115? No driving licence then. Take the bus.[/p][/quote]I was driving a bus last August, parked at the bus stop outside the Railway inn. I was hit head on with a car. Nothing new for that area of Hapton. gazzandste
  • Score: 2

11:53am Tue 12 Aug 14

TONY WALES says...

rudis_dad wrote:
gazzandste wrote:
Would putting in pavements and traffic lights and narrowing the bridge to single lane stop these idiots from speeding.
No. Speed bumps would be the best answer, and preferably the ones that go full width of the road instead of these stupid pillow-mounds which you can driver round or over.

Or, failing that, introducing a system where motorists are taught how to drive, rather than how to pass a test. And then intorducing a compulsory retest every five years.

And maybe an intelligence test, too - IQ lower than 115? No driving licence then. Take the bus.
"IQ" .....lower than 115? that means about 95 % of drivers will be stopped from driving......
[quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzandste[/bold] wrote: Would putting in pavements and traffic lights and narrowing the bridge to single lane stop these idiots from speeding.[/p][/quote]No. Speed bumps would be the best answer, and preferably the ones that go full width of the road instead of these stupid pillow-mounds which you can driver round or over. Or, failing that, introducing a system where motorists are taught how to drive, rather than how to pass a test. And then intorducing a compulsory retest every five years. And maybe an intelligence test, too - IQ lower than 115? No driving licence then. Take the bus.[/p][/quote]"IQ" .....lower than 115? that means about 95 % of drivers will be stopped from driving...... TONY WALES
  • Score: 6

12:29pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Mikeee47 says...

Why has my post been removed LT?
wonder why no-one buys your pathetic rag.
Why has my post been removed LT? wonder why no-one buys your pathetic rag. Mikeee47
  • Score: -1

12:34pm Tue 12 Aug 14

manchester1 says...

TONY WALES wrote:
rudis_dad wrote:
gazzandste wrote:
Would putting in pavements and traffic lights and narrowing the bridge to single lane stop these idiots from speeding.
No. Speed bumps would be the best answer, and preferably the ones that go full width of the road instead of these stupid pillow-mounds which you can driver round or over.

Or, failing that, introducing a system where motorists are taught how to drive, rather than how to pass a test. And then intorducing a compulsory retest every five years.

And maybe an intelligence test, too - IQ lower than 115? No driving licence then. Take the bus.
"IQ" .....lower than 115? that means about 95 % of drivers will be stopped from driving......
Good point, well made.
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzandste[/bold] wrote: Would putting in pavements and traffic lights and narrowing the bridge to single lane stop these idiots from speeding.[/p][/quote]No. Speed bumps would be the best answer, and preferably the ones that go full width of the road instead of these stupid pillow-mounds which you can driver round or over. Or, failing that, introducing a system where motorists are taught how to drive, rather than how to pass a test. And then intorducing a compulsory retest every five years. And maybe an intelligence test, too - IQ lower than 115? No driving licence then. Take the bus.[/p][/quote]"IQ" .....lower than 115? that means about 95 % of drivers will be stopped from driving......[/p][/quote]Good point, well made. manchester1
  • Score: 0

2:06pm Tue 12 Aug 14

rudis_dad says...

TONY WALES wrote:
rudis_dad wrote:
gazzandste wrote:
Would putting in pavements and traffic lights and narrowing the bridge to single lane stop these idiots from speeding.
No. Speed bumps would be the best answer, and preferably the ones that go full width of the road instead of these stupid pillow-mounds which you can driver round or over.

Or, failing that, introducing a system where motorists are taught how to drive, rather than how to pass a test. And then intorducing a compulsory retest every five years.

And maybe an intelligence test, too - IQ lower than 115? No driving licence then. Take the bus.
"IQ" .....lower than 115? that means about 95 % of drivers will be stopped from driving......
Your point being?
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzandste[/bold] wrote: Would putting in pavements and traffic lights and narrowing the bridge to single lane stop these idiots from speeding.[/p][/quote]No. Speed bumps would be the best answer, and preferably the ones that go full width of the road instead of these stupid pillow-mounds which you can driver round or over. Or, failing that, introducing a system where motorists are taught how to drive, rather than how to pass a test. And then intorducing a compulsory retest every five years. And maybe an intelligence test, too - IQ lower than 115? No driving licence then. Take the bus.[/p][/quote]"IQ" .....lower than 115? that means about 95 % of drivers will be stopped from driving......[/p][/quote]Your point being? rudis_dad
  • Score: 1

4:45pm Tue 12 Aug 14

It's a spade! says...

Mikeee47 wrote:
Why has my post been removed LT?
wonder why no-one buys your pathetic rag.
And mine! Why has that been deleted?

There was no swearing, no abusive language, nobody was insulted , no racism or homophobia. So why???

You'd do better if you spent some time re-training your journalists learn the English language and how to write a proper story than removing perfectly valid points!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Mikeee47[/bold] wrote: Why has my post been removed LT? wonder why no-one buys your pathetic rag.[/p][/quote]And mine! Why has that been deleted? There was no swearing, no abusive language, nobody was insulted , no racism or homophobia. So why??? You'd do better if you spent some time re-training your journalists learn the English language and how to write a proper story than removing perfectly valid points!!!!!!! It's a spade!
  • Score: 2

4:50pm Tue 12 Aug 14

tall in the saddle says...

rudis_dad wrote:
gazzandste wrote:
Would putting in pavements and traffic lights and narrowing the bridge to single lane stop these idiots from speeding.
No. Speed bumps would be the best answer, and preferably the ones that go full width of the road instead of these stupid pillow-mounds which you can driver round or over.

Or, failing that, introducing a system where motorists are taught how to drive, rather than how to pass a test. And then intorducing a compulsory retest every five years.

And maybe an intelligence test, too - IQ lower than 115? No driving licence then. Take the bus.
You make a very good point about teaching people how to drive. If you exceed the speed limit, by not much, and are caught say on a mobile camera you can elect to go on a ‘course’. They show you how to recognize speed limits etc BUT they should show these speed victims how to drive. To me it’s just a cash cow. These cameras are often placed not in accident black spots but where motorists can’t see them on approach. Sounds like a camera in this spot may be useful.
[quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzandste[/bold] wrote: Would putting in pavements and traffic lights and narrowing the bridge to single lane stop these idiots from speeding.[/p][/quote]No. Speed bumps would be the best answer, and preferably the ones that go full width of the road instead of these stupid pillow-mounds which you can driver round or over. Or, failing that, introducing a system where motorists are taught how to drive, rather than how to pass a test. And then intorducing a compulsory retest every five years. And maybe an intelligence test, too - IQ lower than 115? No driving licence then. Take the bus.[/p][/quote]You make a very good point about teaching people how to drive. If you exceed the speed limit, by not much, and are caught say on a mobile camera you can elect to go on a ‘course’. They show you how to recognize speed limits etc BUT they should show these speed victims how to drive. To me it’s just a cash cow. These cameras are often placed not in accident black spots but where motorists can’t see them on approach. Sounds like a camera in this spot may be useful. tall in the saddle
  • Score: 0

6:31pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Hapton5 says...

As a Hapton resident I can confirm that I have witnessed a red corsa, travelling from Padiham to Hapton, tearing over the bridge with all four wheels off the ground at 8:20am when school children are walking over the bridge or waiting at the nearby bus stop. This driver needs to be caught before they kill someone. The whole of Manchester Road from the Hapton Inn to Stonemoor Bottom is seen as a race track for some lunatics. The whole road needs addressing by the County Council with the bridge being a priority.
As a Hapton resident I can confirm that I have witnessed a red corsa, travelling from Padiham to Hapton, tearing over the bridge with all four wheels off the ground at 8:20am when school children are walking over the bridge or waiting at the nearby bus stop. This driver needs to be caught before they kill someone. The whole of Manchester Road from the Hapton Inn to Stonemoor Bottom is seen as a race track for some lunatics. The whole road needs addressing by the County Council with the bridge being a priority. Hapton5
  • Score: 1

6:49pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Mikeee47 says...

The red corsa in question which was involved in the 1st accident, ended up in the field on that Saturday evening ending up on its roof, chances are it's written off so you can rule out the same vehicle. Now I'm all for a conspiracy theory.
I believe it to be one of the residents of the Hapton community damaging this bridge rendering it a single lane with temp' traffic lights, like the ones that were there for almost 12 months about 2 yrs ago although it will stop the madness of knob heads racing over the bridge, it's just added more congestion to the village. The do-gooders and campaigners should also target the bend on Manchester Rd / Whitefield St where its almost impossible to negotiate because of the cars and 4x4s parked everywhere. However did you manage when Blythes and Hepworths were thriving businesses
The red corsa in question which was involved in the 1st accident, ended up in the field on that Saturday evening ending up on its roof, chances are it's written off so you can rule out the same vehicle. Now I'm all for a conspiracy theory. I believe it to be one of the residents of the Hapton community damaging this bridge rendering it a single lane with temp' traffic lights, like the ones that were there for almost 12 months about 2 yrs ago although it will stop the madness of knob heads racing over the bridge, it's just added more congestion to the village. The do-gooders and campaigners should also target the bend on Manchester Rd / Whitefield St where its almost impossible to negotiate because of the cars and 4x4s parked everywhere. However did you manage when Blythes and Hepworths were thriving businesses Mikeee47
  • Score: 5

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