Outcry as teenage girl knocked down

Wednesday 20th April 2005 10:00 pm
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A ROAD accident that left a teenage girl in hospital has led to public criticism of the local authority by one of its own councillors. The crash took place on the A487 trunk road in Blaenplwyf on Monday afternoon and the road was closed for two hours. A 16-year-old girl, who is believed to be from Llanfarian, was getting off a service bus and crossing the road when she was involved in a collision with a Peugot 106. Emergency services received a call and rushed to the scene at 2.50pm, closing the road to traffic from both ends. One eye-witness said: "There seemed to be more police in Blaenplwyf than any where else in the whole of Wales." The road was closed for two hours while emergency services dealt with the injured girl, who was later taken by ambulance to Bronglais hospital. Traffic was diverted at Llanfarian and Llanrhystud, causing lengthy tail-backs for many motorists. A police spokesperson said of the girl's injuries: "We had initially thought that the injuries were life-threatening. "We are pleased to report, however, that the injuries are not as serious as first thought." The injured girl has since been moved on to the Angharad ward in Bronglais hospital. Police say they are investigating the incident but are not looking for any more witnesses at this point. Meanwhile, Ceredigion councillor Alun Lloyd Jones hit out at the county council, accusing officials of ignoring local concerns. He said: "As the local councillor, I despair. They had a recent planning application at Blaenplwyf and at the site inspection panel local people said there was a problem with road safety. "The highways expert there completely pooh-poohed the whole thing and said there was no problem. Since they said that there have been two serious accidents. "The people around here are fed up of not being listened to. We have asked for traffic calming measures at Llanfarian, Chancery, Blaenplwyf and Rhydyfelin and they don't listen." And Cllr Jones added: "How many accidents and deaths are there going to be before something gets done. Nobody listens to a blind word we say. "I have begged people, bullied people and shouted at people, but they don't listen." No-one from Ceredigion County Council was available for comment.