safety calls after teenager injured in A38 crash near Burnham
Fresh calls have been made for safety to be improved at a
busy road junction near Burnham-On-Sea after an accident in which
a teenager was rushed to hospital on Thursday morning (October
Police and two ambulances were called to the junction of Burnham
Moor Lane and the A38 Bristol Road shortly after 8.30am after
a BMW and a Vauxhall collided head-on, as pictured here.
Ambulance spokesman Dave Rogers told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
received a call at 8.33am to attend a two-car collision. One patient
- a female in her teens - sustained a head and leg injury that
were not believed to be serious. She was conveyed to Weston General
Hospital by ambulance."
diverted traffic around the scene, causing a build-up of rush-hour
There have been numerous accidents at the junction in recent
years and the latest incident has sparked calls for the County
Council to re-think safety there.
Town councillor Bill Hancock, who runs the nearby Oaktree Arena,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We have seen so many accidents
here over the years, but until there's a fatality the county council
tells us that it will do nothing, which is terrible."
"Something needs to be done. I go pass this junction frequently
and every day there are many near misses."
"I would like to see a new sliproad built onto the A38 to
shield oncoming traffic from the vehicles coming off the motorway
"Part of the problem here is that cars are still indicating
left when they accelerate away from the M5 roundabout and motorists
in Burnham Moor Lane therefore think they're turning into the
road when in fact they are going straight on."
"It leads to a lot of confusion and avoidable accidents.
Sadly, it's only time before someone is killed here and I would
urge the County Council to re-think the layout."