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Pensioner knocked down on crossing
5:38pm Friday 29th June 2012 in News
AN ELDERLY pedestrian had a lucky escape after being knocked down crossing a busy town centre road.
The accident happened in Commercial Road shortly after 9am today as the 72-year-old woman was using the pedestrian crossing at the junction of Whitney Street.
Police closed the road to all traffic until 11.30am, which left traffic in the town centre in chaos.
The woman was taken to Great Western Hospital with minor injuries to her ankle and head, but is said to be in a stable condition.
The 73-year-old driver of the car, a silver Ford Focus, was breathalysed on the scene but gave a negative reading so was allowed to return home while police continued their investigations.
Sergeant Richard Moorhouse, of the Serious Collision Team for Wiltshire Police, said: “The pedestrian has gone to hospital with injuries to her ankle and head.
“She is stable but obviously our main concern is her age.
“The driver has been breathalysed, which is normal procedure after an accident.
“It was negative, and we have taken his details and allowed him to go home pending further investigations.”
Traffic was diverted up Stanier Street and the Granville Street car park was closed, including the entrance and exit roads.
The accident happened outside of a number of businesses and employees came to the aid of the victim, as well as one resident who was a paramedic.
Dawn Patterson, of estate agent Henry George, said: “We heard it, there was a loud scream.
“We went to the window and there were already a number of people helping her.”
Shelly Dee, of Field Recruitment, said that the road was dangerous to cross at that point.
“Quite a few of our staff went out to help her and to see if she was okay,” she she said.
“This crossing is a nightmare. We have to cross it to get over to the other office and there have been a number of near misses.
“It doesn’t help that there are two lanes of traffic, quite often one car will stop but the car on the other side won’t see you.
“You can see from the damage the driver wasn’t going fast but some of the speeds drivers go down that road.
“It was an accident waiting to happen.”
Shop owner Leslie Hatcher was unhappy with the way police handled the closing of the road as he was unable to get to his street by car.
He said: “It is chaos. I tried to get to my shop in Temple Street which has nothing to do with this incident, but when I came down I was told I could not get down there.
“They have closed a whole street, which runs through the centre of Swindon, when the incident has happened at only a small part of it.”
If you have any information that may assist the police call 101 or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.