Woman suffers serious injuries in Hull city centre after being hit by bus at accident blackspot
A WOMAN has suffered serious injuries after being hit by a bus at an accident blackspot in Hull city centre.
Shortly before 2pm yesterday, police and paramedics raced to the busy road near Paragon Interchange, the same spot where a pensioner was killed crossing the road two years ago.
Roads were partially closed around Margaret Moxon Way as the woman in her 20s was treated for serious injuries.
She was rushed to Hull Royal Infirmary and was in a serious condition last night.
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A police spokesman said: "Police received a call at 2pm today reporting a road traffic collision close to Paragon Interchange in Ferensway.
"A pedestrian and a bus were involved in the collision.
"The pedestrian has sustained what are believed to be serious injuries and has been transported to Hull Royal Infirmary."
The accident, involving a single- decker Stagecoach bus, happened at the pedestrian crossing between Paragon Interchange and St Stephen's shopping centre. Only weeks ago, timers were installed at the crossing as a safety measure to prevent further accidents.
A spokesman for Stagecoach said the company was working with police and helping with their investigations.
Office worker Paul Gilson was heading home to Mappleton Grove, east Hull, when he arrived at the crossing just after the accident.
Mr Gilson, 41, said: "This junction is notorious for accidents and the authorities have put measures in place to try to prevent them from happening. I'm not sure what else can be done.
"The crossing often gets crowded at busy times with people accessing the bus and train stations and the shopping centre.
"The only thing that could possibly be done is to introduce a barrier system for the buses."
In November 2010, pensioner Colin Lyon died from head injuries after being knocked down by a bus on the pedestrian crossing.
A subsequent inquest heard Mr Lyon, 70, failed to look before crossing when the red man signal was showing.
Jack Fisher, 14, was also struck by a bus in nearby Brook Street in April 2008.
Jack, of North Road, west Hull, and two friends had used two crossings in Ferensway before reaching Brook Street where the accident happened.
Following Jack's death, his mother, Colette Scholes, backed the introduction of timers at the crossing in Margaret Moxon Way.
Two "countdown timers" were introduced in August, telling people exactly how long they have to cross the road, counting down the time from the green man to the red man, before buses start to move.
Lindsay Mellor, 36, of west Hull, said more should be done to prevent these accidents.
"It is chaos in this area at busy times," she said.
"The traffic is always heavy and the pedestrian crossings often struggle to cope with the number of people using them.
"The countdown system is a good idea and works well but there needs to be more action taken to help prevent further accidents.
"I think the crossings could be made larger and the speed limit in Ferensway could be reduced."