Campaign to make safe ‘death trap’

photograph of mother and daughter Anne and Samantha Elliss who were hospitalised when a car came spiralling out of control down a blind bend on Backer Lane. It hit them straight on as they were pulling into there home. They say that the road they live on is a `death trap
photograph of mother and daughter Anne and Samantha Elliss who were hospitalised when a car came spiralling out of control down a blind bend on Backer Lane. It hit them straight on as they were pulling into there home. They say that the road they live on is a `death trap
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A MOTHER and daughter who survived a head-on collision outside their own home say the road they live on is a “death trap”.

Samantha Elliss, 16, and her mum Anne were both hospitalised following the crash which took place on May 19 on Blacker Lane.

And while Mrs Elliss, 48, suffered head to toe bruising and ongoing back injuries, Samantha needed surgery and missed all her GCSE exams.

Mrs Elliss and her daughter were on their way back from the hairdressers and were close to their Calder Grove home when they were involved in the smash.

They said they were trying to pull into the driveway when their car was hit.

Samantha said: “It was scary because you can’t move and you can’t get out of the way.”

Both cars involved in the incident were write-offs.

The driver of the other car was also taken to hospital.

The Denby Dale end of Blacker Lane has become an accident blackspot according to Sitlington Parish Council.

And they are now campaigning for a change to the speed limit outside the Ellis’ home which is currently 60mph.

Mrs Elliss said:“We have given up going out when we’ve heard a crash, we’ve had that many people sitting in our kitchen waiting for ambulances to come.”

Parish councillor Helen Kirkpatrick said: “The road just isn’t safe.

“The place is a death trap. I’d much rather prevent a death than react to one.”

The parish council wants to introduce a lower speed limit, install speed bumps and close the road to HGVs.

Wakefield Council’s deputy leader Denise Jeffery visited the lane on Wednesday after parish councillor Lawrence Kirkpatrick raised the issue.

Coun Jeffery said: “Something’s got to be done.

“Things won’t get done overnight but at least we can get it into the system.”