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Teenager hit by van in Wombwell during school run

Thursday July 16 2015




A TEENAGE boy was taken to hospital with serious injuries this morning after being hit by a van.

Emergency services were called at around 8.20am to Pitt Street in Wombwell.

The road is used by children and parents travelling to Netherwood School.

WABer Sara Cutts said that three children have been knocked down on the stretch of road and is calling for something to be done.

She said: "Some sort of crossing is needed for the kids whether that be a school patrol person or a traffic light controlled crossing.

"Speed bumps or speed cameras would make a huge difference to the safety of this road."

The teenage boy's mother told WAB he is doing well following the incident. 

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Reply Posted by Amanda on Thursday July 16 2015 at 16:25
I agree with sara. This is the 3rd accident that im aware of, and i as a parent of 2 children at that school, am becoming scared for the safety of my children. Theres been many a time iv'e witnessed cars speeding down that stretch also. It wont be long before someone is killed. Hope the child in question recovers quickly from their injuries.

Reply Posted by Cd on Thursday July 16 2015 at 16:33
People do speed down that section of road, but it is made much more dangerous by stupid parking. People double park on the bends making it impossible to see around. So not only speed bumps, but some sort of parking restrictions would help.

Another issue is the fact that there is no useful bit of road between wombwell and Darfield. Low Valley is awful, with tight bends and parked vehicles, and pitt street/netherworld road is just as bad. They put access into the front of the school but completely neglected the Darfield side.


Reply Posted by Sarah on Thursday July 16 2015 at 16:39
My child goes to Netherwood, I'm not surprised another child has been knocked down. The kids don't seem to have any sense, they run across the road without looking constantly. I've have many near misses whilst I've been driving, it's not always the car drivers fault

Reply Posted by Shane Cunningham on Thursday July 16 2015 at 16:42
I think thay sud put somtithing in place aswell because it was my bro that got hit

Reply Posted by CH on Thursday July 16 2015 at 16:55
Before you all blame the van driver it wasn't his fault! He wasn't speeding my stepdad was a whiteness the boy came out of the path in the fields on his pushbike without looking and straight into the road! He just missed my stepdads van!

Reply Posted by Charlie on Thursday July 16 2015 at 17:00
Kids are thick they need a lesson in road safety as usual it's not their fault!

Reply Posted by Mrs Gillham on Thursday July 16 2015 at 17:03
It was my husband who rang for police & ambulance & would just like to say that the van driver was not speeding & unfortunately the young lad came from the public footpath on his push bike & never stopped & rode straight in front of the van . Wish the young lad a speedy recovery . xx

Reply Posted by Tony on Thursday July 16 2015 at 19:51
another accident this aft a car hit lamppost

Reply Posted by Ged on Thursday July 16 2015 at 20:12
The kids are a nightmare down Pitt st. They have no road sense at all. That poor driver that hit the child must be distraught,

Reply Posted by Lorna on Thursday July 16 2015 at 21:37
There needs to be something like a crossing but it's not gonna make much difference if kids don't use it, and yes kids are very stupid I've been driving on that road and kids just push each other onto road and play chicken, I am also a mum off 3 that go darfield valley school and if lolly pop man not there it's so hard to cross but I do agree if it wasn't for all stupid cars parked like they are then drivers would see kids and not hidden, roads in darfield and wombwell are not safe at all. Hope child gets better soon x

Reply Posted by Tim on Thursday July 16 2015 at 21:42
All roads outside schools should have a pelican crossing and max speed of 30 if not 20 in built up areas

Reply Posted by R on Thursday July 16 2015 at 22:11
When the school was being planned they was thinking of making it one way or adding speed bumps then they ran out of money and it got nothing.Sadly it will take more incidents or a death before they finally decide to do anything.Ive lived on the street for nearly 30 year and its always been a road with lots of accidents with people using it as a quick short cut the school has only just ramped up the use of a ill equipped road.Hope the lad gets better soon and it hasnt shaken the driver up too much.

Reply Posted by R on Thursday July 16 2015 at 22:11
When the school was being planned they was thinking of making it one way or adding speed bumps then they ran out of money and it got nothing.Sadly it will take more incidents or a death before they finally decide to do anything.Ive lived on the street for nearly 30 year and its always been a road with lots of accidents with people using it as a quick short cut the school has only just ramped up the use of a ill equipped road.Hope the lad gets better soon and it hasnt shaken the driver up too much.

Reply Posted by R on Thursday July 16 2015 at 22:11
When the school was being planned they was thinking of making it one way or adding speed bumps then they ran out of money and it got nothing.Sadly it will take more incidents or a death before they finally decide to do anything.Ive lived on the street for nearly 30 year and its always been a road with lots of accidents with people using it as a quick short cut the school has only just ramped up the use of a ill equipped road.Hope the lad gets better soon and it hasnt shaken the driver up too much.

Reply Posted by urb on Thursday July 16 2015 at 23:21
In view of the witnesses saying that the lad rode his bike straight out into the road maybe they should put cattle grids at the exits of parks, rather than more speed bumps which just distract drivers even more.

Reply Posted by jack a on Friday July 17 2015 at 09:22
that was my old school and thats my mate lewis i hope hes ok

Reply Posted by lewis on Friday July 17 2015 at 18:17
Just to let you u know i was the boy how got knocked down but imalotbetter and been discharged from hospital

Reply Posted by Sarah on Sunday July 19 2015 at 11:09
You can put anything down that road and the kids would still walk out! Kids now days don't have any road sense my sister and brother go to that school and many times I have had to slam breaks on because the kids to walk straight out!!



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