Call for safety review after another lorry overturns on roundabout near Mount Pleasant
A THIRD accident involving a lorry overturning on a busy city roundabout in the space of 12 months has prompted calls for a safety review.
In the latest crash, a lorry spilled its load of earth after failing to negotiate the roundabout near Mount Pleasant in east Hull.
It is one of two roundabouts underneath an elevated section of the A1033.
No other vehicle was involved in the accident last Saturday and the lorry driver is believed to have escaped without any serious injuries.
However, the number of recent similar accidents at the roundabout involving lorries has prompted city councillor Adam Williams to call for action to improve safety at the site.
In April, a load of animal feed was spilled across a footpath and cycleway after a lorry overturned close to the same spot.
Mr Williams, who represents the Drypool ward, said: "This is the third time a lorry has overturned at this roundabout and the second time in the past few months.
"The verge to the side of the roundabout has only recently been replanted after the damage caused by the previous accident."
He said there was now a pressing need to review vehicle movements at the roundabout and install safety warning signs if necessary.
He said: "The problem seems to be lorry drivers going too fast, but without a proper survey we can't be sure of that.
"There could be an issue around lorries with loose loads too. The last accidents have involved lorries carrying loads of animal feed and earth.
"I'm not an expert, but I'm told the weight of a load like this does shift around when a vehicle is going around a roundabout.
"Combine that with the speed of vehicles approaching the roundabouts and it could make them more difficult to negotiate."
Mr Williams said he had already contacted officials at the council's highways department to ask for a series of warning signs to be considered for the accident blackspot.
"If nothing is done to better advise large vehicles to slow down as they take this roundabout, it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured," he said.
"It is vital the council does all it can to tackle this issue."
There have been a series of similar crashes at roundabout junctions along Hedon Road in recent years.
In 2010, cyclist Susan Russell was killed when a container fell off a tractor at the nearby Garrison Road roundabout.