Is this Britain’s most dangerous house? Family beg for speed limit cut after 60 crashes in five years
A family has dubbed their house the most dangerous in Britain and begged for the speed limit to be cut after 60 horrific crashes on their doorstep in the last 5 years.
Alison Pinnock, 47, thinks it’s only a matter of time before somebody is killed after a string of accidents outside their property on the A132 in Wickford, Essex.
Cars have flipped over into their garden, smashed into trees and the Pinnocks have had to fork out at least £2,000 to repair damages – although the emotional damage has been much worse.
Alison, who works in admin for an insurance broker, claims the accidents started happening when a haul road was put in to build the new Runwell Hospital in Wickford 6 years ago.
Alison, who started logging the accidents in November 2012, said: “There have been at least 60 accidents on this stretch of road in the past five years.
“There have been a dozen a year for the past five years and it’s cost us thousands but you can’t really put a figure on the stress it’s caused.
“Having to call the police, ambulance or fire brigade at any time of day or night has been absolutely horrendous.
“We’ve had cars in our garden, we’ve had trees falling down and it’s almost like there’s no point in having a fence.
“I can’t go to sleep at night because I’m worried sick about what might happen. There are accidents on the road so often it’s become normal.”
Alison, who has taken pictures of the most serious accidents, lives with husband Brian, 62, and her children Ryan, 21, Tyler, 18, Carley, 15 and Ellie, 12.
Brian, who works as a maintenance driver for a hygiene company, bought the property 32 years ago but it’s only in the past five years that the Pinnocks have had to deal with such a horrific string of car crashes.
Alison said: “The authorities have told me that the speed on this stretch of road is appropriate but after logging so many accidents I have to disagree.
“Only a couple of weeks ago, Brian had just finished cleaning the windows to our living room when a car smashed through the fence right by him.
“He could have been seriously hurt or my children could have been out there playing – it’s terrifying to think how close this accident was to hurting my loved ones.
“Something must be done about the speed now – we need protection.”
Tyler’s room is on the ground floor of Alison’s house so she lives in constant fear of a car veering off into the property while the family sleep at night.
“I can’t sleep at night – It’s terrifying.
“I remember the head-on collision last year that happened in the middle of the night. We were woken up at midnight with a car and a taxi smashed up on our drive.
“There were police everywhere, two ambulances and a fire engine – they kept us up all night.
“It was absolutely horrible but it could have been so much worse, someone could have died.
“We have written to the council a number of times about the problems here because we want to see the speed limit reduced from 60mph to 40mph or even 30mph. There’s absolutely no way that stretch of road should be a national speed limit.
“People are just driving along here too quickly – we are frightened it’s a matter of time before someone is killed.”
Adam Pipe, casualty reduction manager for Essex Police, said: “I spoke with Mrs Pinnock last week and we have offered to carry out a speed data survey over four days.
“The information can then be presented to Essex County Council, which is the highways authority, to determine the next course of action.
“Mrs Pinnock’s home is beside a road within a 60mph national speed limit and at the bottom of a dip.
“A number of the historic collisions in which people have been seriously injured, took place during extremely cold winter weather, when water ran onto the road from nearby fields and froze.”
Breakdown of Alison’s most serious accidents from her log book:
30 November 2012 – 5.30am, car overturns onto roof and driver is taken to hospital for treatment.
1 December 2012 – 1.30am, silver Ford hatchback crashes on its side and leaves man trapped inside.
1 December 2012 – 4.30am, blue hatchback crashes and knocks out electricity in the house.
30 December 2012 – 9.20pm, white Ford Transit crashed and smashes the corner of the property.
15 January 2013 – 10.30pm, car spins around in road and crashes into next-door neighbour’s tree.
3 February 2013 – 3.20am, crash outside property, no further details.
7 February 2013 – 6.00am, 2 cars crash with one person stuck inside. 2 fire engines, 1 ambulance and police arrived to close the road. Electricity cut.
13 February 2013 – 6.00am, lorry ploughs through garden fence.
1 April 2013 – 10.45am, car towing a caravan is involved in a collision with a cyclist – 2 police cars and an ambulance in attendance.
11 May 2014 – 12.01am, Silver Ford Focus smashed into Taxi and crashed through fence, flipped and the engine smashed out of the car onto the Pinnock’s drive. 2 ambulances, 2 fire engines and 20 uniformed policemen in attendance.
28 December 2014 – 6.00am, car spins and hits telegraph pole next-door.
28 December 2014 – 7.30am, car spins onto the driveway with damage to the front end of the car.
28 December 2014 – 10.10pm, car spins and ends up in a hedge opposite the house.
28 December 2014 – 10.20pm, car spins and hits a tree. 2 police cars and ambulance in attendance.
7 January 2015 – 5.15am, car hits the fence – electricity out.
2 February 2015 – 12.01am, car spins on ice and hits a neighbour’s house. Police attended but no-one injured.
18 February 2015 – 5.20am, car smashes into telegraph pole and breaks it in half, knocking the electricity out – ambulance, fire engine and police in attendance.
18 February 2015 – 8.10am, Pinnock’s wake up to find a van lying in a ditch on the side of the road.
22 February 2015 – 4.00am, Ford Galaxy overturned in a ditch on the side of the road. The Pinnock’s saw the car after the driver had climbed out to abandon it.
25 May 2015 – 8.45am, Ford KA and a motorbike involved in head-on collision. Police, 2 ambulances and an air ambulance in attendance – air ambulance took the motorcyclist to Royal London Hospital.
13 June 2015 – 1.20pm, Silver Ford Fiesta crashed through fence outside the Pinnock’s lounge – 5 minutes after Brian had been outside cleaning the windows.