PICTURED: Head-on car crash in Burnt Ash Lane is latest in string of smashes

This Is Local London: The crash between a van and car on Burnt Ash Lane on June 27 The crash between a van and car on Burnt Ash Lane on June 27

This image of carnage is the latest in a series of crashes along Burnt Ash Lane which have sparked renewed calls for improved road safety.

London Ambulance Service (LAS) were called to the collision between a van and a car on Friday (June 27) at around 7pm.

Staff treated a man for minor injuries who was taken to Princess Royal Hospital.

It comes after a BMW smashed into a lamppost in April which left residents begging for speed restrictions on a “potentially deadly” stretch of 300m of road heading from Plaistow roundabout towards Grove Park.

This Is Local London: The damaged car in Burnt Ash Lane

Resident Mike Cripps, says he has seen at least three crashes along the road since April’s smash and wants action to be taken before someone is seriously injured or killed.

The 43-year-old said: “A van and a car I presume had had a head-on crash about 100m from where I live.

“The speed is causing the problem with that road.

“At least half of cars down there are in excess of the 30 mph speed limit.

“I know it is a big road, but even the M25 probably doesn’t have as many crashes on it per number of metres.”

In April last year, a three-car pile-up saw crumpled wreckage littering the road around 100m from where this latest crash happened.

This Is Local London: The silver BMW collided with a black BMW and a yellow Nissan.

Mr Cripps also claims neighbours say they can still “hear the screams” of a female cyclist hit almost two years ago.

Bromley Council previously said there had been 11 recorded accidents for the entire length of Burnt Ash Lane, with none in the immediate vicinity of April’s crash, but Mr Cripps says this is “nonsense”.

The father-of-two added: “The council says it isn’t a dangerous road and there are no crashes – it is just nonsense.

“Sooner or later, someone’s going to get seriously injured.”

He went on to suggest speed cameras, improved signage, road markings and twice-monthly police speed patrols could help tackle the problem.

An LAS spokeswoman said: “We got the call at 7pm to reports of a road traffic collision in Burnt Ash Lane.

“We sent one ambulance crew. Staff treated a man for minor injuries and he was taken to Princess Royal Hospital.”

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2:32pm Wed 2 Jul 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Burnt Ash Lane is a major road, arguably it is Plaistow's High Street. The road could have been widened in the past, but that went out the window when residents of Lake Avenue sold off parts of their back gardens so that Numbers 25-39 Burnt Ash Lane could be built. There would be no point in putting speed bumps in the road since that would simply turn the area into a giant traffic jam.

As for speed cameras, they don't deter richkid boy racers. Quite frankly Burnt Ash Lane has been a busy main road since the late sixties, I would have thought that anybody who has moved there since about 1970 would have known that before they signed their contract.
Burnt Ash Lane is a major road, arguably it is Plaistow's High Street. The road could have been widened in the past, but that went out the window when residents of Lake Avenue sold off parts of their back gardens so that Numbers 25-39 Burnt Ash Lane could be built. There would be no point in putting speed bumps in the road since that would simply turn the area into a giant traffic jam. As for speed cameras, they don't deter richkid boy racers. Quite frankly Burnt Ash Lane has been a busy main road since the late sixties, I would have thought that anybody who has moved there since about 1970 would have known that before they signed their contract. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 9

5:53pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Hyper-Deactive says...

Typical. Moves into the area 10 minutes ago and wants everything changed.
Typical. Moves into the area 10 minutes ago and wants everything changed. Hyper-Deactive
  • Score: 6

11:32pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Harold_Monk says...

BMW drivers - say no more
BMW drivers - say no more Harold_Monk
  • Score: 19

9:34am Thu 3 Jul 14

Major Boredom says...

Agressive, selfish driving is the cause of most accidents. A lot of drivers think that the midle of the road is actually the proper positioning and are reluctant to move over let alone give way. The same mentally applies in traffic queues where drivers will not move closer to the kerb giving oncoming traffic room to pass. I regularly drive down Belmont Hill into Lewisham and this stupidity causes endless traffic congestion.

Driver education is what is required together with police patrol car intervention. A lot of road traffic incursions are just ignored and should be challenged.
Agressive, selfish driving is the cause of most accidents. A lot of drivers think that the midle of the road is actually the proper positioning and are reluctant to move over let alone give way. The same mentally applies in traffic queues where drivers will not move closer to the kerb giving oncoming traffic room to pass. I regularly drive down Belmont Hill into Lewisham and this stupidity causes endless traffic congestion. Driver education is what is required together with police patrol car intervention. A lot of road traffic incursions are just ignored and should be challenged. Major Boredom
  • Score: 5

11:39am Thu 3 Jul 14

marc8888 says...

It certainly is rubbish driving... obviously going too fast but also having no idea how to handle a car. Crazy thing is that, having had two BMW E46 coupes, one being a black one identical to the one that hit the lamp-post.... they go/stop/steer better than any other affordable car that you can buy. That's why people love them - and they truly are superb cars to drive (and own).

But knowing the road... which is not intrinsically dangerous, I think... those accidents could only have been caused by idiot drivers with no idea how fast 'too fast' is..... silly kids probably, I have no idea how they even afford to buy and insure nice cars like those. Oh, maybe they are not insured?
It certainly is rubbish driving... obviously going too fast but also having no idea how to handle a car. Crazy thing is that, having had two BMW E46 coupes, one being a black one identical to the one that hit the lamp-post.... they go/stop/steer better than any other affordable car that you can buy. That's why people love them - and they truly are superb cars to drive (and own). But knowing the road... which is not intrinsically dangerous, I think... those accidents could only have been caused by idiot drivers with no idea how fast 'too fast' is..... silly kids probably, I have no idea how they even afford to buy and insure nice cars like those. Oh, maybe they are not insured? marc8888
  • Score: 1
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