Another car flips over after colliding with bollard in Worple Road, Wimbledon

Another car flips over after colliding with bollard

Dozens of onlookers watch as the couple emerged uninjured from the ordeal at about 11am on Saturday, September 8

Dozens of onlookers watch as the couple emerged uninjured from the ordeal at about 11am on Saturday, September 8

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A problem bollard has been blamed once again after yet another car flipped over on its side in Wimbledon town centre.

A man and woman had to be helped out of their car by officers from Wimbledon police station after their car collided with the bell bollard on Worple Road as they were turning right from Wimbledon Hill Road.

Dozens of onlookers watch as the couple emerged uninjured from the ordeal at about 11am on Saturday, September 8.

Sarah Davies, the lettings manager at nearby Haart estate agents, told the Wimbledon Guardian in February she had seen eight similar accidents happens at the junction and criticised Merton Council for not removing the bollard.

On Saturday she said: “Fortunately [the victims] both looked unharmed but extremely shocked.

“I will be writing to [Wimbledon MP] Stephen Hammond and Merton Council about this matter once again.”

The aftermath of the crash was captured on video by Giacomo Mantovani, a freelance film director, who interviewed residents as they despaired about the bollard.

In the six-minute clip witnesses are interviewed with mixed views about whether the driver was to blame for turning too steeply, or whether the bollard or the design of the road is to blame.

One man said: “She was going slow but she hit the bollard, which is very heavy, and it lifted the side of the car and that’s how it turned over.

“The police were so good, they were right behind when the car came along and they jumped out to rescue those two people.

“That bollard, if you go to it, is so thick - it just raised the car over and like slow motion it went over.”

Mr Mantovani, who lives in Woodside, said he would send his video to Merton Council to show them the residents' concerns.

The 29-year-old said: "I think it is important to report what happened because accidents happen so frequently at that spot.

"I think it is a combination of drivers being at fault and maybe a problem with the road, but surely something needs to be done."

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11:26am Tue 11 Sep 12

Mordenman says...

Merton Council have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on this junction and the one below it. Every time they tinker with it they just make it more and more dangerous. They cannot seem to get even basic phasing of the lights right, the result people run the lights rather than wait. It is only a matter of time before a pedestrian is killed
Merton Council have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on this junction and the one below it. Every time they tinker with it they just make it more and more dangerous. They cannot seem to get even basic phasing of the lights right, the result people run the lights rather than wait. It is only a matter of time before a pedestrian is killed Mordenman
  • Score: 1

2:08pm Tue 11 Sep 12

Hove Ex-Pat says...

I would like to make three suggestions to Merton Council, & TfL who have some input in these matters.

!: Remove the "bell".

2: Or ban all right turns at this junction from Wimbledon Hill into Worple Road.

3: Install a small armco barrier in place of the "bell" so that any vehicle would be deflected rather than riding up & rolling over.

I'm sure that Merton council will find a way to ignore all suggestions. As we know with all local authorities, someone has to die before councils change anything.
I would like to make three suggestions to Merton Council, & TfL who have some input in these matters. !: Remove the "bell". 2: Or ban all right turns at this junction from Wimbledon Hill into Worple Road. 3: Install a small armco barrier in place of the "bell" so that any vehicle would be deflected rather than riding up & rolling over. I'm sure that Merton council will find a way to ignore all suggestions. As we know with all local authorities, someone has to die before councils change anything. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: -1

5:05pm Tue 11 Sep 12

maxicas says...

How can you blame the bell? it is not in the road , it is clearly the drivers fault for cutting the corner and going up on the kerb.
How can you blame the bell? it is not in the road , it is clearly the drivers fault for cutting the corner and going up on the kerb. maxicas
  • Score: 2

8:19pm Tue 11 Sep 12

moto2012 says...

drivers to blame its there to stop people that cant drive on the road how can you not see it maybe the council should paint it yellow
drivers to blame its there to stop people that cant drive on the road how can you not see it maybe the council should paint it yellow moto2012
  • Score: 2

5:47pm Wed 12 Sep 12

CllrSuzanneEvans says...

I've reported this latest incident to the Council; asked for an investigation into the numbers of accidents there and what can be done to improve the safety of the junction. I will keep The Guardian posted.
I've reported this latest incident to the Council; asked for an investigation into the numbers of accidents there and what can be done to improve the safety of the junction. I will keep The Guardian posted. CllrSuzanneEvans
  • Score: 0

9:44am Thu 13 Sep 12

robmorleyuk says...

To hit the bollard you need to be driving on the pavement and is on the driver side so is easy to see.
To hit it sufficiently to flip a car needs quite some momentum while a slow moving car would simply become stranded on it.
The road is wide enough, the problem is with drivers travelling too fast, not paying attention and it looks like – cutting the corner and possibly trying to beat the change of lights. I’ve seen that.
A charge of Driving without Due Care and Attention seems more appropriate than removing protection for pedestrians, without the bollard how much faster would drivers take the corner?
Should the bollard be removed and pedestrians be put at risk to accommodate the behaviour of a minority of drivers?
To hit the bollard you need to be driving on the pavement and is on the driver side so is easy to see. To hit it sufficiently to flip a car needs quite some momentum while a slow moving car would simply become stranded on it. The road is wide enough, the problem is with drivers travelling too fast, not paying attention and it looks like – cutting the corner and possibly trying to beat the change of lights. I’ve seen that. A charge of Driving without Due Care and Attention seems more appropriate than removing protection for pedestrians, without the bollard how much faster would [some] drivers take the corner? Should the bollard be removed and pedestrians be put at risk to accommodate the behaviour of a minority of drivers? robmorleyuk
  • Score: 3

1:48pm Thu 13 Sep 12

tjames says...

yes
yes tjames
  • Score: 0

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