Lelant locals call for action after car hits house
RESIDENTS are calling for urgent action to curb speeding through Lelant after a horrific crash in which a car hit a house and ended up on its roof.
The 53-year-old driver of the blue Peugeot 206 that crashed on Abbey Hill on the busy St Ives road through the village suffered serious head injuries in the Friday morning crash.
Our dramatic picture shows the seriousness of the crash but also highlights how close cars come to homes and families.
On Tuesday another crash on the road saw a vehicle left on its side.
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Locals say the incident was the third in recent weeks and the latest in a series that have left them questioning the highway authority's ability to manage the road.
Chris Doggett, who lives in Abbey Meadow, said: "The accident last Friday was particularly serious and has made many of the local residents question the effectiveness of the highways authority."
Mr Doggett said a radar check of vehicles on Abbey Hill in March showed that the majority of people broke the speed limit up the hill.
"I understand that over an eight-day period 31,000 vehicle speeds were checked and up to 25,000 of these were measured breaking the 30mph speed limit," he said.
He claimed 8,000 were travelling at between 31 and 40mph and more than 1,000 were doing 41 to 55mph.
"A small number were measured travelling at up to 60mph. This would seem to confirm that we have a speeding problem within our village, yet the highways authority chooses to ignore it."
After the crash at 7am on Friday the car's driver, who is thought to be from Leicestershire, was cut out of his car and flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
He is now thought to be out of danger.
It is not know whether speed was a factor in this crash.
No other vehicles or people were involved in the collision, which kept the road closed until 1pm.
Locals say they have already demanded Cornwall Council introduce speed-reducing measures such as flashing speed signs or speed limit repeaters. They say they have also asked for a 20mph speed limit and a pedestrian crossing but, said Mr Doggett: "To date, nothing has been done.
"Any request to highways for assistance appears to be met with negativity and complacency."
With two planned housing developments for Lelant now also in the pipeline, residents feared the dangers would only increase, he said.
A Cornwall Council spokesman said: "Initial reports suggest the recent incident was not related to any highway issue.
"However, as with any incident on our roads we will investigate the circumstances and act accordingly. A road survey in March this year showed the average speeds on the road were around 32mph."
Police have asked any witnesses to Friday's incident to contact them on 101 and quote log 133 of September 27.