Crash girl's black spot plea

A TEENAGER who spent three months learning to walk again after an accident at a notorious crossroads in Somerset is calling

A TEENAGER who spent three months learning to walk again after an accident at a notorious crossroads in Somerset is calling for action to be taken at the black spot.Charlotte Davies, aged 15, was left with a fractured skull and a broken leg after she was knocked down on the busy A38 at Cross.Charlotte, of Notting Hill Way in Stone Allerton, had to undergo brain surgery and learn to walk again after her leg was fitted with a metal plate.She said: "Something needs to be done about the crossroads because of all the accidents. It's so busy and really dangerous."At the time of the accident Charlotte was with her friend Jessica Ainscough, aged 17, who carried out first aid at the scene and was awarded a Royal Humane Society Award by Avon and Somerset Constabulary on Tuesday for her life-saving actions.She said: "It's a real honour to receive this award. I've done quite a bit of first aid before, but it's different in real life. It was quite scary, but nice knowing what to do."The accident happened on April 21 last year. Charlotte and Jess got off a bus at the crossroads after shopping in Weston.Jess, of Bourton Lane, Cross, said: "We started crossing the road because we thought the cars were turning off the A38, but they weren't."Out of the corner of my eye I saw Charlotte get hit and thrown up into the air. She was unconscious when I got to her. I checked she was breathing and checked for other injuries and did as much as I could. I didn't want to move her."It was scary not really knowing what was happening. I didn't know how bad her injuries were."Charlotte was taken to Weston General Hospital where she spent the next five weeks recovering.Charlotte, who is now taking her GCSEs at Wells Cathedral School, said: "I'm really thankful to Jess for what she did and I'm really proud of her for getting her award."Jess, who now attends Badminton School in Bristol, has been learning first aid since she was 14 and is now teaching life-saving skills to younger pupils.The accident has also inspired Charlotte, who is now hoping to become a GP or paediatrician.Villagers in Cross have been appealing for something to be done at the blackspot for more than five years.Around eight accidents have occurred at the crossroads in the past year. The most recent took place on Monday when a driver turned off the A38 into Old Coach Road and ended up in a ditch. He escaped without injury.Sedgemoor district councillor John Denbee believes traffic lights are the answer.He said: "We've been appealing for something to be done for years but Somerset County Council says it does not have enough money."We are all very angry about it. It's a particularly bad blackspot. I've seen at least two accidents there, one of which was fatal."We will continue to put pressure on the county council to get something done soon.


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