Give motorists a chance, especially on the dark, wet and windy nights

Tuesday 12th January 2016 – 9.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance bosses are appealing to pedestrians to give motorists a chance, especially when it’s wet and windy as it seems to be most days at the moment.

The plea comes after a teenager escaped with only minor injuries despite ending half underneath a car after a collision in Stoke on Trent.

The incident happened at the roundabout where Dividy Road and Twigg Street meet in the Bentilee area.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “At the time of the incident it was raining heavily.

“The 15 year old girl was wearing dark clothes and had earphones in playing music and was crossing the road at the roundabout, about 50yards from a crossing.

“The initial 999 call described her being half under the car. Thankfully, when the ambulance and paramedic area support officer arrived, the girl only had cuts and bruises to her forehead, hands, elbow and hip, but it could easily have been considerably worse.

“She was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment but her injuries were not serious.

“What you wear and whether you listen to music is up to the individual, but clearly, making yourself visible at night, being aware of what is going on around you and using recognised crossings minimises the risk of getting hurt. However, it is also clearly important for pedestrians and motorists to be mindful of each other at all times.”

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