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Buttershaw moped crash victim in road safety appeal
A teenage moped rider airlifted to hospital after a crash outside a supermarket is calling for road improvements.
Ashley Graham, 19, had been about to drive past the Tesco in Halifax Road, Buttershaw, Bradford, on Monday when he was involved in a collision with a car pulling out from the store on to the main road.
“It happened very quickly. I must have blacked out because when I woke up I was lying between what was left of my moped and the wheels of the car,” said Mr Graham.
Paramedics suspected he had broken bones and internal bleeding and organised help from the air ambulance to take him to Leeds General Infirmary.
He had about 20 scans and X-rays and was kept in overnight before he discharged himself.
He said: “It’s left me petrified. I keep having flashbacks and I can’t walk properly. They are worried about my knee. It’s mangled.
“I’ve got to go back for more checks but it’s mostly soft tissue damage. I suppose I got away lucky really.”
Mr Graham, of Prospect Street, Buttershaw, is now contacting his ward councillors to put pressure of highways bosses at Bradford Council to make the stretch of road outside Tesco safer.
“It’s dangerous. I’ve always worried about it,” he said. “People just pull in and pull out and chance it and sometimes get pushed out into the road by other impatient drivers.
“It needs traffic lights or a roundabout there. Someone will get killed there one day, I’m lucky it wasn’t me.”
Mr Graham, who is recovering at home, said he could not praise the emergency services enough and wanted to thank people who helped, especially Tesco’s staff.
Mr Graham’s moped which he had saved up to buy and had owned for six months, was written off. “The car driver did stop at the scene but police have told me it’s not in the public interest to take it any further,” said Mr Graham.
Royds ward Councillor Gill Thornton (Lab) said she would raise the issue with highways officers and said: “I’m not sure if there is a history of accidents there but it is a busy junction at certain times. There’s also a pedestrian crossing nearby and drivers take advantage of natural breaks it gives in the traffic flow.”
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