From the Tewkesbury Admag
Business owners have warned that someone could be seriously injured if driver’s continue to deliberately speed up in order to launch their car over a rail crossing near Evesham.
The warning comes after five teenagers were injured in a car that overturned and ended up on its roof outside Blackminster Business Park near Evesham on Wednesday last week.
The car, which smashed into a number of large wooden flower barrels – one flying into a nearby shop – lost control just after the rail crossing on Station Road, Blackminster.
The male driver and four female passengers were taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. One patient was treated for head and leg injuries and the remaining four were treated for minor cuts and bruises.
The front wall and windows of Interiors by Ali Foulds were seriously damaged.
Ali Foulds, owner of the shop, said: “It was lucky we weren’t open and they are lucky to be alive. I don’t understand why they don’t put a speed trap up. People fly over the level crossing. Maybe they should consider reducing the speed limit.”
Ms Fould’s told the Journal about a similar incident. “About six months ago another car lost control, hitting the hedge directly opposite the business park. A business there has since constructed a fence to protect its property.”
Paul Middleton, owner of Blackminster Business Park, heard the accident happen and told the Journal that cars often raced over the rail crossing.
He said: “They are launching themselves over the level crossing and then losing control of their vehicle. This will happen again. I have seen the accident on CCTV. The car came over the railway line, straight down the road, hit the footpath and then the flower barrel. If he hadn’t hit the barrels who knows where he would have ended up.”
Police are investigating.