Residents to launch road safety campaign after crash leaves car wedged in Great Yeldham house
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Residents are calling for improved safety measures on a village “race track” road after a major crash.
Two cars, a green Audi A3 and a silver Mitsubishi pick-up, were involved in the collision along the A1017 in Great Yeldham at around 7.19pm on Friday evening, which saw the pick-up smash through the front of a home.
Rachel and David Turner, who live opposite the crash site, said they now plan to write to officials calling for increases safety measures on the road.
Mr Turner said: “I heard a huge bang and looked out of the window to see this car stuck in the front door of the house opposite.
“We were lucky. We have a reinforced concrete bollard at the front of our home which got wiped out, and if the car had not hit that it was heading straight for our house.
“Everyone was shaken, it was horrendous.”
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Two men in their 20s were taken to Broomfield Hospital for serious but not life-threatening head and facial injuries.
It is understood one person was in the house struck by the car at the time of the crash, but was injured.
The pick-up struck the front door of the property, and is believed to have caused damage to a bathroom.
“People should know about this crash because cars go too fast along this bit of road because it is straight,” Mr Turner said.
“We don’t know how this crash happened, it’s difficult to tell, but in general people ignore the 40mph limit and go extremely fast.
“Rachel and I have lived here three years, and have been told about other accidents. But you only have to stand out there to see the speed people go.
Mrs Turner now plans to start a campaign for safety measures and intends to write to local councillors this week.
She added: “It is a big problem, it is like a race track.
“Several children walk along this road to the bus stop to get to school, and cars go at high speed during the day – who knows what would have happened if this had been at a different time.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Essex Police’s Chelmsford Roads Policing Unit on 101.