Teenager hit by lorry

A TEENAGER had to have his head glued back together after he was hit by a lorry on a notoriously dangerous stretch of road.

A TEENAGER had to have his head glued back together after he was hit by a lorry on a notoriously dangerous stretch of road.

Harry Perrin was walking along the pavement on Knightcott Road, Banwell, when he felt a thump to the back of his skull.

The Churchill Sixth Form student, who lives along the same road and works on the Grand Pier in Weston, had been hit by the wing mirror of the lorry and ended up with a gash to his head measuring nearly 3ins.

Two passers-by rushed to help Harry but he needed to be taken to hospital where doctors glued his head back together.


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The 17-year-old said: “I was walking along just before the turning to Westfield Road at about 4.20pm on October 16.

“I was listening to my music when I felt a whack on my head. All I can remember is that it was a white lorry that had hit me.

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“The road does have a reputation for being busy with bigger vehicles clogging it up. Parts of that road are also very narrow.”

Villagers in Banwell have been campaigning for years to stop HGVs using the road as a thoroughfare. The parish council is currently consulting residents about future traffic calming measures to make the village safer.

The parish council’s highways committee chairman, Graham Found, said: “We have had reports of people being clipped by cars and lorries all the time for years now. It is inevitable that something serious will happen sooner or later.

“At our last meeting we asked for signs to be put up warning pedestrians that vehicles mount the pavement. This incident goes to show how unsuitable Banwell is for HGVs.”

If anyone has any information about the incident they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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