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Witnesses Sought For HGV And Mobility Scooter Crash

Friday March 9 2012




A 92-year-old man is fighting for his life after his mobility scooter was involved in a crash with a HGV driven by a Barnsley man.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened on Barnsley Road, Sheffield at around 11.50am on Thursday (March 8.)

It is thought that the white HGV Volvo, driven by a 22-year-old Barnsley man, was travelling along the city carriageway of the A6135 Barnsley Road.

A spokesman said: "At the Pelican crossing, outside Firs Hill Community Primary School, it is believed that the mobility scooter entered the Pelican crossing, from the nearside, in front of the HGV.

"It is reported that the HGV then struck the mobility scooter, pushing it along the carriageway, onto its nearside and taking it under the front of the HGV. The HGV is then believed to have stopped with the mobility scooter underneath its front axle."

The driver of the mobility scooter sustained life threatening injuries and is being treated at Sheffield Northern General Hospital. The driver of the HGV was not injured.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with information that could assist officers is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 366 of 8 March 2012.

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Reply Posted by Gustymcguest on Friday March 9 2012 at 10:26
In light of whats happened recently it's high time motablility scooters were regulated.

Reply Posted by guest on Friday March 9 2012 at 13:11
Incident happened on pelican crossing, fault is just as likely to be HGV fault. Mobility scooter users are often damned if they drive on pavement & damned if they drive on road. Both are legal (pavement at max 4mph - roads at max 8mph).

Reply Posted by Hetty on Friday March 9 2012 at 13:30
Then why not legalise Sedgeways ?
They go around the same speed as mobility scooters, have better mobility, take up less room than a scooter and more than often are used by people with more common sense than someone on a mobility scooter....

Reply Posted by Guest on Friday March 9 2012 at 14:04
We are all assuming it was the HGV Driver's fault but if the man on the mobility scooter started crossing the pelican crossing without it being on the Green man then surely it is the  man's fault. Everyone always assumes it's whoever is driving on the road but pedestrians are as much to blame. In light of recent events maybe whoever needs a mobility scooter should be required to take a test to prove that they can handle it correctly. You aren't allowed on the road by yourself in a car without passing your practical driving test as you may cause a serious accident (maybe this should apply to mobility scooters as well!)
I do hope the man pulls through but this just highlights the dangers of using a mobility scooter without being trained.

Reply Posted by guest on Friday March 9 2012 at 15:41
A segway is not as stable as a mobility scooter (probably best demonstrated by the death of the man who introduced them to britain by driving himself off a cliff top) and it is also a recreational vehicle rather than a disability aid.  I do agree that more should be done to make mob scooter use safer. I wouldn't go as far as licensing or a test, but certainly a compulsory training session delivered by the retailer with some road rues awareness thrown in. If you go down the licensing route then you create a massive bureaucracy that has to be paid for by someone, and where do you stop? push bikes can go much faster and just as likely to be involved in accidents on and off road.

Reply Posted by tc on Saturday March 10 2012 at 09:42
I drove near the accident and the hgv was past the lights not saying who's fault it was but if it was drivers he must have been speeding or not seen red light at all to stop where he did... but if it was pedestrians then he must have just pulled straight out in front of hgv not at the crossings...plus i can't see how hgv was speeding that much cos its at top of steep hill