Biker in hospital with life-threatening injuries after Malden Road lorry crash

The scene of the crash

The scene of the crash

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A biker has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash with a lorry in Cheam.

The motorbike and lorry collided at a zebra crossing in Malden Road at the junction with Netley Close at 8.45am.

The road has been closed in both directions while emergency services work on the scene. 

A police spokesman said the biker has been taken to hospital with life-threatening pelvic injuries.

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10:11am Wed 4 Jun 14

Something-Wonderful says...

Is this the same junction in Malden Road that, after an accident involving a 12 year old girl back in January, our Lib Dem councillor Mary Burstow told us she wanted a pelican crossing? "I would also like to see the zebra crossing to be upgraded to a pelican crossing. Drivers pay more attention to traffic lights."

So what happened there then?

My son walks that route twice a day having to cross the road each time. When will this council stop messing around with PR stunts and pet vanity projects and actually do something worthwhile??
Is this the same junction in Malden Road that, after an accident involving a 12 year old girl back in January, our Lib Dem councillor Mary Burstow told us she wanted a pelican crossing? "I would also like to see the zebra crossing to be upgraded to a pelican crossing. Drivers pay more attention to traffic lights." So what happened there then? My son walks that route twice a day having to cross the road each time. When will this council stop messing around with PR stunts and pet vanity projects and actually do something worthwhile?? Something-Wonderful
  • Score: 17

10:33am Wed 4 Jun 14

Paul Wingfield says...

Had Something-Wonderful attended the M a lden Road Association meeting just two days ago, they would have realised that the Council is working as fast as they can to expedite the installation of a pelican crossing as a replacement. Please pay attention to what is actually going on rather than complaining just for the sake of it.
Had Something-Wonderful attended the M a lden Road Association meeting just two days ago, they would have realised that the Council is working as fast as they can to expedite the installation of a pelican crossing as a replacement. Please pay attention to what is actually going on rather than complaining just for the sake of it. Paul Wingfield
  • Score: 12

12:50pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

I can understand the Guardian initially saying lorry V motorbike, but now that the photos have been posted, it is obvious that it was not a lorry. It also looks very possible that the commercial vehicle might have been overloaded. All that wood & gas cylinders too. I'm sure someone reading this story will know the maximum load allowed for this size of goods vehicle. It would appear that the learner biker stopped for the crossing, but the other motorist didn't, or couldn't, for whatever reason. I doubt, in this case, that had this been a pelican crossing instead, it would have made much difference. Very best wishes to the injured biker.
I can understand the Guardian initially saying lorry V motorbike, but now that the photos have been posted, it is obvious that it was not a lorry. It also looks very possible that the commercial vehicle might have been overloaded. All that wood & gas cylinders too. I'm sure someone reading this story will know the maximum load allowed for this size of goods vehicle. It would appear that the learner biker stopped for the crossing, but the other motorist didn't, or couldn't, for whatever reason. I doubt, in this case, that had this been a pelican crossing instead, it would have made much difference. Very best wishes to the injured biker. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 5

1:41pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Bonnie Craven says...

Less than six months ago a school girl was knocked into Chatsworth Road when she was 3/4 of the way over this crossing, by a car who did not stop. At this juncture I wrote a petition and created an online one too. I had arranged for a question on this matter to be raised at full council earlier this year, but unfortunately the copies of the petition I created were collected by someone else and handed to Cllr Mary Burstow.

Local residents have been lobbying the council to upgrade this crossing in excess of four years and still nothing has improved. Shortly after the awful hit last December the council finally sent someone to install a spotlight on the Chatsworth Road side and change the bulb on the other side. Too little, too late. Before the Christmas holidays the new light had stopped working.

This road is crossed by students and families to access a primary and secondary school twice a day, as well as children from the high school crossing here for their sports lessons.

There have been a number of serious accidents at this crossing.

It would make sense for the council to re-site the crossing to the other side of Chatsworth Road so that the pupils are not also forced to cross Netley and Chatsworth to get to the schools, and at this point there should be a pelican crossing.

Unfortunately, aside from the harm done here, and the risk posed to parents and children from this unsafe crossing, these accidents cost a lot in NHS and policing time and investment.

Having lobbied the council for other safer crossings in the community and attended many council meetings to this end, it is ridiculous that nothing has yet been done. It is a fact that the roads near to the school are dangerous, and this is harmful to the fitness levels of the pupils and to the environment as parents feel the need to take their children to and from school by car.

A dangerous crossing has also been created near Hackbridge Primary.

It is hard to see how this council are looking out for our residents and our children in particular.

The bike in this accident had stopped to allow a young family to cross the road. It is pure luck that we did not see more injuries or worse here this morning. Had the flatbed run into the back of the bike seconds sooner I dread to think what the outcome would have been.

Once again Sutton Council are utterly complacent with matters directly impacting on residents.
Less than six months ago a school girl was knocked into Chatsworth Road when she was 3/4 of the way over this crossing, by a car who did not stop. At this juncture I wrote a petition and created an online one too. I had arranged for a question on this matter to be raised at full council earlier this year, but unfortunately the copies of the petition I created were collected by someone else and handed to Cllr Mary Burstow. Local residents have been lobbying the council to upgrade this crossing in excess of four years and still nothing has improved. Shortly after the awful hit last December the council finally sent someone to install a spotlight on the Chatsworth Road side and change the bulb on the other side. Too little, too late. Before the Christmas holidays the new light had stopped working. This road is crossed by students and families to access a primary and secondary school twice a day, as well as children from the high school crossing here for their sports lessons. There have been a number of serious accidents at this crossing. It would make sense for the council to re-site the crossing to the other side of Chatsworth Road so that the pupils are not also forced to cross Netley and Chatsworth to get to the schools, and at this point there should be a pelican crossing. Unfortunately, aside from the harm done here, and the risk posed to parents and children from this unsafe crossing, these accidents cost a lot in NHS and policing time and investment. Having lobbied the council for other safer crossings in the community and attended many council meetings to this end, it is ridiculous that nothing has yet been done. It is a fact that the roads near to the school are dangerous, and this is harmful to the fitness levels of the pupils and to the environment as parents feel the need to take their children to and from school by car. A dangerous crossing has also been created near Hackbridge Primary. It is hard to see how this council are looking out for our residents and our children in particular. The bike in this accident had stopped to allow a young family to cross the road. It is pure luck that we did not see more injuries or worse here this morning. Had the flatbed run into the back of the bike seconds sooner I dread to think what the outcome would have been. Once again Sutton Council are utterly complacent with matters directly impacting on residents. Bonnie Craven
  • Score: 0

1:43pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Bonnie Craven says...

I am also very concerned that the council are proposing to install a dropped kerb and driveway to the property on the corner of Netley Close, which will of course present another immediate risk to people crossing Malden Road.
I am also very concerned that the council are proposing to install a dropped kerb and driveway to the property on the corner of Netley Close, which will of course present another immediate risk to people crossing Malden Road. Bonnie Craven
  • Score: -4

3:01pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Nonsuch Girl says...

I was at the meeting on Monday, when residents, police, council officers and ward councillors got together to agree a way forward.

Everybody is working together on this problem. The Police are doing more speed checks and going into schools to talk to children and patents about road safety. The Council engineers are designing a safer pedestrian crossing. Local residents are carrying out pedestrian surveys to see where people cross the road and at what time.

A person was seriously injured today. We all want to make the Malden rd safer.
I was at the meeting on Monday, when residents, police, council officers and ward councillors got together to agree a way forward. Everybody is working together on this problem. The Police are doing more speed checks and going into schools to talk to children and patents about road safety. The Council engineers are designing a safer pedestrian crossing. Local residents are carrying out pedestrian surveys to see where people cross the road and at what time. A person was seriously injured today. We all want to make the Malden rd safer. Nonsuch Girl
  • Score: 5

5:54pm Wed 4 Jun 14

labyrinth says...

There are many more roads in Cheam which need treatment before Malden Road, which after all is an A road. What about Anne Boleyn's Walk, for example - it serves two schools, yet in direct contravention of government policy, it has no 20 mph zone or any proper traffic calming measure - in contrast to the road on which Cheam High sits, which has humps all the way along it!
There are many more roads in Cheam which need treatment before Malden Road, which after all is an A road. What about Anne Boleyn's Walk, for example - it serves two schools, yet in direct contravention of government policy, it has no 20 mph zone or any proper traffic calming measure - in contrast to the road on which Cheam High sits, which has humps all the way along it! labyrinth
  • Score: -4

8:09pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Something-Wonderful says...

Paul Wingfield wrote:
Had Something-Wonderful attended the M a lden Road Association meeting just two days ago, they would have realised that the Council is working as fast as they can to expedite the installation of a pelican crossing as a replacement. Please pay attention to what is actually going on rather than complaining just for the sake of it.
If I had attended the meeting "just two days ago" I would have asked why it was "just two days ago" and not 5 months ago???

And attention is what this situation sorely needs, not platitudes by, and pandering to, a useless local government...
[quote][p][bold]Paul Wingfield[/bold] wrote: Had Something-Wonderful attended the M a lden Road Association meeting just two days ago, they would have realised that the Council is working as fast as they can to expedite the installation of a pelican crossing as a replacement. Please pay attention to what is actually going on rather than complaining just for the sake of it.[/p][/quote]If I had attended the meeting "just two days ago" I would have asked why it was "just two days ago" and not 5 months ago??? And attention is what this situation sorely needs, not platitudes by, and pandering to, a useless local government... Something-Wonderful
  • Score: 4

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