Safety fears raised after boy injured in bus crash on Winchester High Street

Hampshire Chronicle: The air ambulance landing. Photo by Melissa Pell The air ambulance landing. Photo by Melissa Pell

A CHILD was airlifted to hospital today (Jan 25) after a collision with a bus in Winchester.

Paramedics treated the boy after the incident in the High Street this afternoon.

The injuries are not thought to be life threatening and the boy was conscious and responding to questions before being taken to Southampton General Hospital.

The incident has raised safety fears and the city MP Steve Brine and the bus company bus have called for a review of the market location.

The accident happened whena  Stagecoach number 3 bus was moving at low speed along next to the market stalls at around 2pm.

Police Inspector Andy Tester said: “A crash has happened between a 10-year-old boy from the Winchester area and a bus. The child has been taken by air ambulance to the trauma unit at Southampton General Hospital and his mother is with him.

“An investigation is ongoing but no arrests have been made,” he added.

The boy left by Hampshire Air Ambulance at around 3pm from Cathedral Close.

Winchester MP Steve Brine, passed the scene shortly after the crash, said: “I've been concerned for years about the safety of buses coming right into the pedestrian area and I think the introduction of the market on this particular stretch has made it more dangerous.

“As a parent of two young ones myself, I know exactly how hard it is when town is busy to keep them safe. My thoughts are with the family and I just hope and pray the little boy is OK but I think the council has to look urgently at safety in this part of town and that may well mean and end to the market on this most narrow section.”

Stagecoach South managing director Andrew Dyer said this evening: "I agree with Mr Brine. The market stalls are incredibly close to moving vehicles. The bus driver would not have had a chance to see the child, and the child would not have had a chance to see the bus.

"We will be asking the city council to consider whether it is a sensible place to have the stalls. It has got to be time to investigate the subject."

Witnesses said a group of boys were running in the street before the accident happened.

Mark James, 20, a market trader from Bournemouth, said: “These boys were running after each other down by my stall and one just ran into the road. A woman who was with them said “Don’t run,” but as soon as the words came out of her mouth it happened.

“He was flat out cold for a minute but then came round and could move his arms and legs and the paramedics told him he would be alright.”

Diane Wellstead, of Poole, said: “The boy kept saying ‘I want my mum’, and ‘I don’t want to die’. It was really emotional and I was in shock myself. It looked like he was going to be alright which is a real relief.”

Austin Jones, also of Bournemouth, who runs a leather stall with Ms Wellstead, added: “I was serving a customer when I heard a thud and I thought someone had fallen over. I turned around and saw this lad on the floor. But this man stopped and said he was a doctor so it was very lucky he was passing by.”

 

 

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5:57pm Fri 25 Jan 13

ReverendPaul says...

The has been an issue of why the buses are allowed in a pedestrianised area for a long time. Maybe its not the case of relocating the market stalls but time that the buses were re-routed along Eastgate street into Friarsgate and use loading bay by Iceland as an alternative stop or people can walk down to the Broadway -I am sure that the few minutes walk wouldn't cause issues. Allowing buses in the area has been an issue for years and lots of near misses in the past.
The has been an issue of why the buses are allowed in a pedestrianised area for a long time. Maybe its not the case of relocating the market stalls but time that the buses were re-routed along Eastgate street into Friarsgate and use loading bay by Iceland as an alternative stop or people can walk down to the Broadway -I am sure that the few minutes walk wouldn't cause issues. Allowing buses in the area has been an issue for years and lots of near misses in the past. ReverendPaul

7:30pm Fri 25 Jan 13

jonone says...

Having grown up in Winchester, I can say that I certainly have never had any issues with the buses in that part of the street. Then again, I never ran around on roads without looking where I was going - which is actually the real issue here. The bus was slow moving, they physically cannot speed along that stretch. However, it is lucky that, whilst a bus driver will probably not sleep tonight despite having done absolutely nothing wrong, no-one is dead.
Having grown up in Winchester, I can say that I certainly have never had any issues with the buses in that part of the street. Then again, I never ran around on roads without looking where I was going - which is actually the real issue here. The bus was slow moving, they physically cannot speed along that stretch. However, it is lucky that, whilst a bus driver will probably not sleep tonight despite having done absolutely nothing wrong, no-one is dead. jonone

8:12pm Fri 25 Jan 13

summer44 says...

This has been waiting to happen, We can't blame the markets. Why not close the high st to buses and make a lay by in the exit where they leave the high st next to the brooks. With two stops so close to each other there is no need for them to go through why can't they go around like every one else.
This has been waiting to happen, We can't blame the markets. Why not close the high st to buses and make a lay by in the exit where they leave the high st next to the brooks. With two stops so close to each other there is no need for them to go through why can't they go around like every one else. summer44

9:52pm Fri 25 Jan 13

mrs m ward says...

born and bred in winchester
I was once nearly run over on the
corner by m and s by a bus, just
completely forgot i had reached the
end of the pedestrian area.
I am just suprised it has taken so
long for this too happen.
Ps. get well soon to the child involved
born and bred in winchester I was once nearly run over on the corner by m and s by a bus, just completely forgot i had reached the end of the pedestrian area. I am just suprised it has taken so long for this too happen. Ps. get well soon to the child involved mrs m ward

10:04pm Fri 25 Jan 13

winchlad says...

summer44 wrote:
This has been waiting to happen, We can't blame the markets. Why not close the high st to buses and make a lay by in the exit where they leave the high st next to the brooks. With two stops so close to each other there is no need for them to go through why can't they go around like every one else.
Simple.friarsgate is clogged up with traffic as it is.without busses clogging it up evenmore.i.e xmas time i was stuck round there for half an hour.this is a bus service.which has a timetable.get barriers behind the stalls.or get the market moved.
[quote][p][bold]summer44[/bold] wrote: This has been waiting to happen, We can't blame the markets. Why not close the high st to buses and make a lay by in the exit where they leave the high st next to the brooks. With two stops so close to each other there is no need for them to go through why can't they go around like every one else.[/p][/quote]Simple.friarsgate is clogged up with traffic as it is.without busses clogging it up evenmore.i.e xmas time i was stuck round there for half an hour.this is a bus service.which has a timetable.get barriers behind the stalls.or get the market moved. winchlad

10:07pm Fri 25 Jan 13

winchlad says...

summer44 wrote:
This has been waiting to happen, We can't blame the markets. Why not close the high st to buses and make a lay by in the exit where they leave the high st next to the brooks. With two stops so close to each other there is no need for them to go through why can't they go around like every one else.
If the markets werent their.this wouldnt of happened.the lad ran between the gap between 2 markets.into the side of the bus.not infront.the side.
[quote][p][bold]summer44[/bold] wrote: This has been waiting to happen, We can't blame the markets. Why not close the high st to buses and make a lay by in the exit where they leave the high st next to the brooks. With two stops so close to each other there is no need for them to go through why can't they go around like every one else.[/p][/quote]If the markets werent their.this wouldnt of happened.the lad ran between the gap between 2 markets.into the side of the bus.not infront.the side. winchlad

10:20pm Fri 25 Jan 13

iantait says...

When Silverhill goes ahead the buses will go up Friarsgate and not up the High Street so sorry to all of you in that traffic jam
When Silverhill goes ahead the buses will go up Friarsgate and not up the High Street so sorry to all of you in that traffic jam iantait

11:28pm Sat 26 Jan 13

onlymyview says...

ReverendPaul wrote:
The has been an issue of why the buses are allowed in a pedestrianised area for a long time. Maybe its not the case of relocating the market stalls but time that the buses were re-routed along Eastgate street into Friarsgate and use loading bay by Iceland as an alternative stop or people can walk down to the Broadway -I am sure that the few minutes walk wouldn't cause issues. Allowing buses in the area has been an issue for years and lots of near misses in the past.
Whilst the area in question is stated as a pedestrianised area. The main part of this starts only from the end of the hight street by M&S upwards. This is clearly indicated by the tarmaced road surface bordered by flagstone paving either side and a seperation with black bollards, white road marking also clearly state that it is a road in use. The road surface itself is actually the same layout as Jewry Street, so are you indicating that road is also pedestrianised along there? I think not! The road along the lower half of the high street is used for access for deliveries to the shops in the vicinity as well as buses, stopping the buses would not stop the traffic and somehow i do not think it would be looked upon favourably by the citys traders if their deliveries were stopped access too. The problem here, is not the traffic movement it is the fact that the market area should never have been allowed to extend this far down the high street, because of traffic movement and also that people assume the pedestrianised area is the whole of the high street when in fact this is not the case.
[quote][p][bold]ReverendPaul[/bold] wrote: The has been an issue of why the buses are allowed in a pedestrianised area for a long time. Maybe its not the case of relocating the market stalls but time that the buses were re-routed along Eastgate street into Friarsgate and use loading bay by Iceland as an alternative stop or people can walk down to the Broadway -I am sure that the few minutes walk wouldn't cause issues. Allowing buses in the area has been an issue for years and lots of near misses in the past.[/p][/quote]Whilst the area in question is stated as a pedestrianised area. The main part of this starts only from the end of the hight street by M&S upwards. This is clearly indicated by the tarmaced road surface bordered by flagstone paving either side and a seperation with black bollards, white road marking also clearly state that it is a road in use. The road surface itself is actually the same layout as Jewry Street, so are you indicating that road is also pedestrianised along there? I think not! The road along the lower half of the high street is used for access for deliveries to the shops in the vicinity as well as buses, stopping the buses would not stop the traffic and somehow i do not think it would be looked upon favourably by the citys traders if their deliveries were stopped access too. The problem here, is not the traffic movement it is the fact that the market area should never have been allowed to extend this far down the high street, because of traffic movement and also that people assume the pedestrianised area is the whole of the high street when in fact this is not the case. onlymyview

6:26pm Sun 27 Jan 13

summer44 says...

Sorry you stuck in traffic is more important than a life. I'm so sorry you were stuck for a whole half hour. You must of been beside your self.
Sorry you stuck in traffic is more important than a life. I'm so sorry you were stuck for a whole half hour. You must of been beside your self. summer44

12:21pm Mon 28 Jan 13

jonone says...

summer44 wrote:
Sorry you stuck in traffic is more important than a life. I'm so sorry you were stuck for a whole half hour. You must of been beside your self.
Get off your high horse, that comment was a clearly a general comment on the traffic level on Friarsgate and nothing to do with the day in question.

Can someone please tell me what a 10 year old boy was doing running around in town during school time on a school day?
[quote][p][bold]summer44[/bold] wrote: Sorry you stuck in traffic is more important than a life. I'm so sorry you were stuck for a whole half hour. You must of been beside your self.[/p][/quote]Get off your high horse, that comment was a clearly a general comment on the traffic level on Friarsgate and nothing to do with the day in question. Can someone please tell me what a 10 year old boy was doing running around in town during school time on a school day? jonone

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