Moment car flips 360 degrees after crash on ‘death trap’ road
This is the moment a car was sent rolling in the air after a crash at a notorious junction in the Black Country. The smash took place on Wolverhampton Road, at the junction with Queensway, Oldbury, at 8.40pm yesterday, May 23.
Video footage captured the moment a van and car collided, with the latter vehicle sent into a 360-degree roll where it miraculously landed back on all four wheels. The van appeared to be crossing Wolverhampton Road, travelling from Parsons Hill and into Queensway, when the crash happened.
Wolverhampton Road was closed for a short time as West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service attended the scene. West Midlands Fire Service said it was called to the scene at 8.55pm, sending two crews from Oldbury fire station.
The spokesperson said: "Two cars were involved, the road was shut for about 10 minutes. Two people had exited a vehicle of their own accord."
It is the latest in a string of crashes which have taken place in and around the junction. Another crash took place last Wednesday, May 17.(Image: Handout)
A dark grey Toyota was left parked across a pavement, while a yellow Fiat sustained damage to its front end. Old Warley Cllr Jay Anandou, who is campaigning for more road safety measures, said of the latest crash: "Yet again we have an accident.
"More than 250 residents have submitted a petition to have a traffic light system that would calm down the traffic and give a better leeway for drivers passing in and out of Wolverhampton Road and Queensway. You see accidents every week and this is not acceptable, this is not fair on the residents.
"I am going to keep fighting with Sandwell Council for a better road safety measure at Wolverhampton Road and Queensway junction." Last month, BlackCountryLive visited Wolverhampton Road and found residents avoided using the junction, with Cllr Anandou labelling the road a "death trap".
Beverley Paskin, a 53-year-old mum who lives up Parsons Hill, said: "I won't use the junction to get across to work, it's too dangerous, I might late at night when the roads are clear. When I first moved in, there wasn't even a crossing.
"I had children going to school, you literally had to stand in the middle of the dual carriageway. It took the council how many years to get us a crossing put in. It was almost like we will wait for someone to get killed and then we will act on it."
Another resident who also lived on Parsons Hill was Frankie Mendonca, 40. He said: "I have noticed so many crashes. If I have to cross the road, I always go the other way around. It is a dangerous junction, there are too many blind spots."
Indy Pannesal, 40, who lives on Wolverhampton Road, added: "We tend to avoid going that way. It is a dangerous junction, 100 per cent, we have seen crash ourselves, so we hope the local authority will take more action."
Sandwell Council said incidents had come down since the roll out of average speed cameras on Wolverhampton Road and that it would "continue to monitor this location".
- ^ Oldbury (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
- ^ West Midlands Police (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
- ^ West Midlands Fire Service (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
- ^ I visited the 'death trap' road that residents avoid using over fears they could be 'killed' (www.birminghammail.co.uk)