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Driver's tears after collision with bike

Swindon Advertiser: The man’s bicycle lies at the scene of the incident near Barnfield The man’s bicycle lies at the scene of the incident near Barnfield

THE distraught driver of a van which left a 69-year-old cyclist fighting for his life yesterday was seen crying into the grass verge after the collision.

Chris Thomas, a 46-year-old railway worker from Aberdare in Wales, was attempting to reach his work site in nearby Galton Way when he saw the aftermath of the collision on Great Western Way unfolding.

“I saw the cyclist lying in the road,” he said. “He was pretty much in the middle of the road, if not slightly to the left-hand side.

“The driver was lying on the grass, crying his eyes out. I thought he had been hit, but I saw he was just crying when he got up.

“A member of the public was with the cyclist when I arrived. Somebody had put a coat over the cyclist. The member of the public was on the phone, which must have been the emergency services.”

The incident occurred on the eastbound carriageway of Great Western Way, close to the Barnfield roundabout which provides access to B&Q Extra and Lidl, at approximately 9.40am.

An Iveco Daily 50 white tipper van, bearing rubbish disposal firm Any Junk’s logos, collided with the elderly cyclist and finished with a smashed windscreen as a result.

The man was taken by ambulance to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, where he was last night described as being in a stable condition with potentially life threatening injuries.

A spokesman for South West Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 9.40am to a road traffic collision involving van versus bike.

“There was one male casualty, the chap on the bike, who had chest and shoulder injuries. He was taken to Frenchay by land ambulance.”

The driver and passenger in the van did not suffer any injuries.

The incident occurred close to where the cycle lane running from Barnfield Road crosses Great Western Way towards Barnfield Close.

There were temporary traffic lights in place at the scene when the collision occurred.

The eastbound carriageway of Great Western Way was closed between Barnfield roundabout and Bruce Street Bridges until 3pm, with long tailbacks growing throughout the day.

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10:41am Tue 15 Apr 14

greenpacer says...

They closed the east bound carriageway it was closed from Meads roundabout . But why not filter two way traffic past the scene instead of causing so much chaos near West Swindon ?? Next time I will get to Hawksworth via Churchward. Sod the bus lanes. I did see some vehicles do this , but me I did it lawfully and turned back to Mannington roundabout and eventually headed into town via the railway station and back out onto Great Western Way to Hawksworth that way. I hope the cyclist survives and get well soon mate god bless. Was a regular cyclist myself and you really need to be over careful at that Junction. As that crossing is concerned - as all crossings on top of roundabouts abolish them. This one needs to go altogether or be moved further up the road. To the van driver take it easy god bless you too.
They closed the east bound carriageway it was closed from Meads roundabout . But why not filter two way traffic past the scene instead of causing so much chaos near West Swindon ?? Next time I will get to Hawksworth via Churchward. Sod the bus lanes. I did see some vehicles do this , but me I did it lawfully and turned back to Mannington roundabout and eventually headed into town via the railway station and back out onto Great Western Way to Hawksworth that way. I hope the cyclist survives and get well soon mate god bless. Was a regular cyclist myself and you really need to be over careful at that Junction. As that crossing is concerned - as all crossings on top of roundabouts abolish them. This one needs to go altogether or be moved further up the road. To the van driver take it easy god bless you too. greenpacer
  • Score: 9

11:58am Tue 15 Apr 14

NorthernWarrior says...

The location of the temporary crossing is an accident waiting to happen - looks like minimal or no risk assessment done with regard to the arrangements. I have recently started cycling in to/from work from West Swindon and I dismount and push through B&Q, rather than use the "temporary" arrangement. Traffic coming off a 50 MPH dual carriageway into a 30 zone then straight on to a poorly marked crossing.

The roundabout is hazardous enough for 4 wheel users (especially coming out of B&Q to turn right towards Mannington) let alone 2 wheels or pedestrians.

Either the council need to talk to B&Q about putting the temporary route through their property or the contractors to hand back the pathway. Why is the work taking so long anyway?

Just hope the cyclist recovers and I guess the rest is sub-judice pending the police investigation.
The location of the temporary crossing is an accident waiting to happen - looks like minimal or no risk assessment done with regard to the arrangements. I have recently started cycling in to/from work from West Swindon and I dismount and push through B&Q, rather than use the "temporary" arrangement. Traffic coming off a 50 MPH dual carriageway into a 30 zone then straight on to a poorly marked crossing. The roundabout is hazardous enough for 4 wheel users (especially coming out of B&Q to turn right towards Mannington) let alone 2 wheels or pedestrians. Either the council need to talk to B&Q about putting the temporary route through their property or the contractors to hand back the pathway. Why is the work taking so long anyway? Just hope the cyclist recovers and I guess the rest is sub-judice pending the police investigation. NorthernWarrior
  • Score: 24

2:27pm Tue 15 Apr 14

KeyboardWarri0r says...

I did not witness the accident so cannot comment on specifics, but cars/lorries buses regularly overtake bikes dangerously, and the consequences are evident here. I am not saying this is what happened on this occasion, I am saying that if you drive and overtake bikes dangerously, you shouldn't, or you could be burdened with the guilt of killing a mother/father/son/da
ughter.
I did not witness the accident so cannot comment on specifics, but cars/lorries buses regularly overtake bikes dangerously, and the consequences are evident here. I am not saying this is what happened on this occasion, I am saying that if you drive and overtake bikes dangerously, you shouldn't, or you could be burdened with the guilt of killing a mother/father/son/da ughter. KeyboardWarri0r
  • Score: -8

4:47pm Tue 15 Apr 14

BCDR99 says...

KeyboardWarri0r wrote:
I did not witness the accident so cannot comment on specifics, but cars/lorries buses regularly overtake bikes dangerously, and the consequences are evident here. I am not saying this is what happened on this occasion, I am saying that if you drive and overtake bikes dangerously, you shouldn't, or you could be burdened with the guilt of killing a mother/father/son/da

ughter.
Why does this get so many negative "scores"? It may not be true in this case, but it sure as hell is spot on all around Swindon.
[quote][p][bold]KeyboardWarri0r[/bold] wrote: I did not witness the accident so cannot comment on specifics, but cars/lorries buses regularly overtake bikes dangerously, and the consequences are evident here. I am not saying this is what happened on this occasion, I am saying that if you drive and overtake bikes dangerously, you shouldn't, or you could be burdened with the guilt of killing a mother/father/son/da ughter.[/p][/quote]Why does this get so many negative "scores"? It may not be true in this case, but it sure as hell is spot on all around Swindon. BCDR99
  • Score: 5

5:02pm Tue 15 Apr 14

female resident says...

It gets negative scores because it is a totally inappropriate remark here when the writer did not witness the accident. Let's hope that the road set up is reviewed and that both the person that was hurt and the driver come through this ok.
It gets negative scores because it is a totally inappropriate remark here when the writer did not witness the accident. Let's hope that the road set up is reviewed and that both the person that was hurt and the driver come through this ok. female resident
  • Score: 4

10:16pm Tue 15 Apr 14

greenpacer says...

What happened is sad, the remark still needed to be made. I did'nt have to witness the accident I could see where it took place from the photographs and the tyre marks on the road on my way home from work.
There should have been more Police or highway officers re-directing the traffic further back along Great Western Way .
This was never a good spot to put more industrial units like B and Q and supermarket Lidl . That has caused more traffic onto an already busy road. Cheney Manor would have been a better site . Plenty of space there.
What happened is sad, the remark still needed to be made. I did'nt have to witness the accident I could see where it took place from the photographs and the tyre marks on the road on my way home from work. There should have been more Police or highway officers re-directing the traffic further back along Great Western Way . This was never a good spot to put more industrial units like B and Q and supermarket Lidl . That has caused more traffic onto an already busy road. Cheney Manor would have been a better site . Plenty of space there. greenpacer
  • Score: 2

11:36pm Tue 15 Apr 14

KeyboardWarri0r says...

female resident wrote:
It gets negative scores because it is a totally inappropriate remark here when the writer did not witness the accident. Let's hope that the road set up is reviewed and that both the person that was hurt and the driver come through this ok.
Not in the slightest inappropriate. As I said - this may not be the case!!! Perhaps read the whole comment. The point I was making is that many good decent people who wouldn't want to hurt someone under normal circumstances overtake bicycles far too dangerously, and they will end up killing someone, and they need to think of the consequences or their driving.
[quote][p][bold]female resident[/bold] wrote: It gets negative scores because it is a totally inappropriate remark here when the writer did not witness the accident. Let's hope that the road set up is reviewed and that both the person that was hurt and the driver come through this ok.[/p][/quote]Not in the slightest inappropriate. As I said - this may not be the case!!! Perhaps read the whole comment. The point I was making is that many good decent people who wouldn't want to hurt someone under normal circumstances overtake bicycles far too dangerously, and they will end up killing someone, and they need to think of the consequences or their driving. KeyboardWarri0r
  • Score: 2

4:22pm Wed 16 Apr 14

NorthernWarrior says...

Having driven along Great Western Way in both directions this afternoon, I would have to say the arrangements for the temporary crossing are sub standard in just about every respect. The traffic lights are at a lower level than normal at a pelican crossing. There is no stop line across the road on either side and none of the usual additional features such as zigzag lines or anti-skid area.

While appreciating this is an on-going matter, perhaps the Adver should be pressing the Council and contractors what they propose to do to increase safety at this location.
Having driven along Great Western Way in both directions this afternoon, I would have to say the arrangements for the temporary crossing are sub standard in just about every respect. The traffic lights are at a lower level than normal at a pelican crossing. There is no stop line across the road on either side and none of the usual additional features such as zigzag lines or anti-skid area. While appreciating this is an on-going matter, perhaps the Adver should be pressing the Council and contractors what they propose to do to increase safety at this location. NorthernWarrior
  • Score: 1

10:58pm Wed 16 Apr 14

greenpacer says...

Remove it now !
Remove it now ! greenpacer
  • Score: -1

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