Call for lower speed limit after near miss

Robert and Marie Leatherbarrow on the pavement their car had to mount at the "dangerous" bend on Bushey Lane, Rainford, when taking evasive action from an oncoming lorry which had crossed the road's centre line.
Robert and Marie Leatherbarrow on the pavement their car had to mount at the "dangerous" bend on Bushey Lane, Rainford, when taking evasive action from an oncoming lorry which had crossed the road's centre line.
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A WORRIED couple are calling for lower speed limits in rural Rainford after they were run off the road by a lorry at a blind bend.

Robert and Marie Leatherbarrow say they were left “extremely shaken” following a near miss with a 40ft wagon along Bushey Lane.

Alarmingly, they say the incident could have resulted in them knocking over a passing pedestrian because they were left with no option but to mount the kerb.

Mrs Leatherbarrow said: “We were driving towards a 90-degree left-hand bend and couldn’t see if anything was coming the other way because the hedges are so high.

“All of a sudden a massive lorry came around the corner in the opposite direction going about 30mph. The cab was just on the white line in the middle of the road but his trailer was cutting the corner.

“My husband had no option but to mount the kerb - even though there was a lady walking along the pavement on our side of the road. We could easily have hit her trying to avoid a collision with the lorry.

“We were both extremely shaken up and even confronted the lorry driver about his driving..”

Mrs Leatherbarrow, 74, and her husband, 72, of nearby News Lane, both signed a 200-name petition calling for action about the issue in 2011.

And she reckons it’s only a matter of time before there is a serious accident.

She added: “I think there should be a 10mph limit imposed around those bends before somebody gets killed. It’s not the first time this has happened and it won’t be the last.”

A spokesman for St Helens Council said they had no plains to change the speed limit.

“The hedges are so high that you simply can’t see whether anything is coming until the very last minute. A tractor even overturned along there a couple of years ago.

“Nobody around here likes that stretch of road. My husband has lived in this area all his life and if this can happen to him then it can happen to anyone.”