Girl hit by car in St Albans as councillor asks “why do we need an accident to get something done?”

Ambulance and police were called to the scene. Credit: Casey Gutteridge.

Ambulance and police were called to the scene. Credit: Casey Gutteridge. - Credit: Archant

A St Albans councillor has demanded to know why nothing was done to improve safety at a dangerous junction before a young girl was hit by a car while crossing.

The girl, believed to be around 11 or 12, was struck by the car just before 4pm on Thursday, March 2, while making her way down Hill End Lane.

Police say she was hit after running out in front of the car.

Colney Heath Cllr Chris Brazier said: “We highlighted in January the crossing area was extremely dangerous.

“Students cross there for the Alban Way, but it’s a fast road and it needs a proper crossing.”

In addition to a land ambulance, an Essex and Herts air ambulance helicopter was dispatched to the scene, landing at Oaklands College.

The girl was conscious and breathing when the officers arrived. Despite taking a knock to the head, her injuries were not life-threatening, and she was taken to hospital for treatment.

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It is not known whether she has been discharged.

Cllr Brazier says he raised the issue with the county council at the start of the year, but so far nothing has been done.

“What concerns me is that we need to have an accident to get something done.

“Roads seem to be marked on how many accidents happen there, before any money is spent.

“I understand money is short, but if we put in preventative measures we will actually save money.”

A county council spokesperson said: “We are sorry to hear about the recent incident at the junction.

“Road safety is of paramount importance to us and when we plan work, we prioritise the locations which have the greatest potential to reduce the number and severity of collisions occurring.

“Our records show that there have been no reported personal injury road traffic accidents for three years between November 1, 2013 to October 31, 2016 within 50m of the junction of Hill End Lane and Colney Heath Lane.

“Recent collisions, such as this one, will be identified and included when the annual review is undertaken next year.”