Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Road Closed

As I write this at 14:20, the Canterbury road in Westgate is closed in both directions, with the Kent air ambulance sitting on the dual carriageway outside St Augustines.

A little earlier, an elderly lady was struck by a car while crossing the road outside the Summerlands retirement home. She is in a critical condition and still being treated by the road side.

Cllr Goodwin and I just happened to be in the area for a 'walkabout' and so I've done what I can to inform both KMFM and Invicta radio to warn people of the traffic disruption.

All credit to the pilot of the air ambulance for squeezing into such a tight space and my thoughts go out to the accident victim who the paramedics are trying very hard to keep her with us.

Ed: Sadly, I have just heard that the lady involved has died at the scene.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope this accident wasn't caused by someone paying too much attention to their speedometer, rather than the road in front of them. We will never know the true stats on how many accidents are a result of speed cameras but my guess is quite a few.

Anonymous said...

A few years ago now , a Sister at the Ursuline Convent was a pedestrian victim of the traffic on the Canterbury Road. The light system has certainly reduced the accidents at the library X roads but I witness all the time acceleration away from the lights in excess of 40mph and then see brakes slammed on as they approach the speed camera close to Ursuline College!

Anonymous said...

anon again!
Sad day for Westgate.

Anonymous said...

Sad for the deceased and her family certainly.

More broadly, it's quite common to see posts on this blog about emergency service activity with the question "does anybody know what happened?". Of course there is often a "news" story behind incidents such as these, but a) the story is usually just a human tragedy, and b) there is a thin line between this and "ambulance chasing". Need to be careful I would suggest.

And, Councillor, I'm sure your involvement and actions were laudable, but a good samaritan is really good when he or she doesn't draw attention to their actions, but undertakes them quietly and humbly. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Please can you remove the photograph, it is unnecessary and just slightly voyeuristic. And as for the person blaming the speed camera's, all I can say is - there is a proper pedestrian crossing within site of the accident, the real tradegy is that it was not used.

Anonymous said...

What is up with you both, 8.26 and 9.04? There is a major and sadly fatal traffic accident in Westgate that affected all traffic in and out of Thanet on this route and at least 4 schools. Some-one on the scene informs traffic news on local media and takes a picture of what is a quite remarkably a good bit of flying to put an Air Ambulance onto the Canterbury Road, and all you can do is carp and moan? How this picture can be regarded as voyeuristic is beyond me. As for the point about pedestrian crossings, there is only ONE crossing between Westgate Crossroads and the next one in Birchington; and if my memory serves me well we have had a fatality on or by that crossing involving a pedestrian in the past 2 years. Speeding traffic between the speed camera's is a constant feature of this road and I hope that our Westgate Councillors and TDC can influence the Police and KCC to put more mobile teams with speed guns onto this section of road. KCC has the authority to impose 20mph limits outside schools and should urgently do so on this section of The Canterbury Road as almost 2000 children walk, bike, bus or are driven into this stretch twice a day. A fatality involving an Ethelbert or Ursuline pupil is just a matter of time.

DrMoores said...

If I kept silent.. there would be no news and if the photo was from the Thanet Gazette.. it show only a helicopter.. would that present the same problem?

At the time, the news was "live" and I was simply informing readers of what was occurring and what had been done to try and mitigate the traffic chaos

Anonymous said...

Well said,Ed!

Anonymous said...

If you don't want to know about the local news, then why bother coming on to this site ? I find it an informative and well presented site that keeps residents up to date on matters that concern us all. As for the comment on 'ambulance chasing' I think you will find that the Councillor was out and about in the ward anyway, he certainly doesn't have time, I imagine, to chase every accident report he hears about. This was a tragic event that, I for one, was interested to know about. I travel that road at the time that the accident occurred and was concerned for what might have happened. Instinctively I went to this site to find out about it. If you are one of those that are offended by the photograph (not of any people/casualties but of an ambulance and helicopter incidentally) then that is your problem. I want to know what is happening in my area and this is the one site where I can find out. Did anyone see it reported on the local Meridian news ? I didn't.
It seems to me that Councillor Moores is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.

Anonymous said...

Ambulance chaser! Is someone who offers legal assistance to parties involved in an accident. Did the Doc do this???
As for the macabre aspects of this very sad news story, where do you draw the line? As a mother of three, I am nauseated by the lurid, speculation on poor Madeleine McCann's fate, but I don't here anyone complaining about that.
It seems you will critisise DrM whatever he does, even though I doubt you could do better or even try!

Anonymous said...

The picture is not just of a helicopter and an ambulance if you look properly. And as for the McCann story, there are plenty enough of us making comment about the sheer neglect of these two allegedly educated people that would be condemned if they had been lower class/poor/single. I believe the Archbishop has even made comment.

Anonymous said...

Oh really! Go and look at the Sky website where you can leave messages for the Mc Cann family. If you even hint at neglect there are howls of derision and calls for your post to be removed. It sickened me to see everyone agreeing that ALL parents have left their kids alone. Well I haven't and none of my friends have either. I totally agree with your point about class though. If it had been a couple on low wages etc they would have been crucified by the media.
I don't know how the McCanns can show themselves in public.

DrMoores said...

Well, I see, a helicopter, a car, an ambulance, the police and an empty gurney. Is there something I'm missing in the photo? At the time, the accident victim was being treated inside the helicopter's mobile emergency life support unit.

When the McCann story first broke, my first reaction was "how could such a well educated and professional couple leave their three young children alone?"

I'm sure you are right. If they had been working class parents, the media would have been less forgiving.

Anonymous said...

My understanding is that UK and Portugese Law is quite clear on the issue of leaving young children un-supervised; it is a no no.
In the case of tragedies, quite rightly, the natural reaction is to have sympathy with the parents concerned and not apportion blame.

It is not a class issue.e.g. how do parents supervising children on a beach in Norfolk find their two children face down in the water and dead if they are supervising them adequately? Closer to home,a recent infant death resulted from a baby left on a sofa from 10pm until 8.00 am and was then found lifeless. Mistakes in parenting can sometimes have horrific consequences with parents involved punishing themselves far more than the courts would ever do.

As a parent myself, I do my best but the thought from Scripture comes to mind "Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone".

Anonymous said...

The class issue involves the treatment of the families by the media.
As a parent I can state absolutely that I have never left my children alone or made any potentially dangerous mistakes because they have my full attention.
As you say "adequate supervision." Or for "tragedies" read not having the safety and wellbeing of your children as your FIRST priority. I see parents who take more care of their hand bags than their children and seem to forget that their children DEPEND on them to protect them, that's what being a parent is all about. I am far from being a perfect parent but when it comes to the physical and emotional security of my children, I can chuck stones with a clear conscience!