Boy, 16, fighting for life after Belmont road crash

The Bolton News: Boy, 16, fighting for life after Belmont road crash Boy, 16, fighting for life after Belmont road crash

A ‘DANGEROUS’ country road must be improved residents have said after a 16-year-old was left fighting for his life following a crash.

The teenager was thrown from a car as it left Rivington Road, Belmont, and he became trapped under the vehicle when it rolled on him.

His 19-year-old friend, who was also in the Citroen C2, flagged down a passing vehicle and the occupants were able to help him lift the car off the teenager.

The 16-year-old was last night understood to be in a coma at Royal Preston Hospital.

Police, ambulance crews and firefighters were all called to the scene after the accident at 11.10pm on Thursday.

The car had come off the road just before the Blue Lagoon reservoir as it came towards the village.

A passing nurse also stopped and gave first aid at the scene before the pair, both from the Bolton area, were taken to hospital.

Police said they were yet to establish who was driving the car.

Sgt Jon Allwright said: “An investigation into the circumstances surrounding this collision is now underway.

“Although a number of people stopped at the scene, there is the possibility that there are other people who may have seen the Citroen being driven elsewhere during the evening.”

Shaun Holland, 28, landlord of the Black Dog pub in Church Street, which runs onto Rivington Road, said: “It is not the first time something like this has happened, it seems to happen every other week.

“The road is too narrow. You can only fit one car in and there are no streetlights.

“The council should widen the road to two lanes instead of one.”

Nicola Holland, 46, also from the pub, said: “I hope he’s all right. His mum pulled up outside pub and looked distraught.

“The road is very dangerous. In the summer, particularly, it’s a nightmare. They should widen the road.

“There are no street lights. They should put cat’s eyes in the middle of the road to make it safer.”

There have been 14 accidents causing injury on Rivington Road in the past five years.

North Turton and Tockholes councillor Jean Rigby, who represents Belmont at Blackburn with Darwen Council, yesterday contacted the council’s highways department on the back of the accident.

She said: “There are some bends on there so you do have to be careful.

“There are spots that are dangerous and I am terribly sorry this accident has happened.

“I really feel for his family who must be heartbroken and I pray to god he comes out of it okay.”

“I have been in touch with the highways department who will look into it.”

The dad of one of the 16-year-old’s friends said the boy was resuscitated at the scene and was in a coma.

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3:31pm Sat 18 Jan 14

bishbut says...

roads themselves are not dangerous it is how they are used that causes accedents
roads themselves are not dangerous it is how they are used that causes accedents bishbut

3:36pm Sat 18 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

We hope he makes a speedy recovery , drove on that rd many a time and you go over 30mph its easy to lose control , some roads are more hazardous than others ,,
We hope he makes a speedy recovery , drove on that rd many a time and you go over 30mph its easy to lose control , some roads are more hazardous than others ,, phil kernot

4:16pm Sat 18 Jan 14

caballo says...

Inappropriate Speed kills, roads don't !
Inappropriate Speed kills, roads don't ! caballo

4:23pm Sat 18 Jan 14

billy32 says...

The problem is that new cars are a lot faster than older cars, and with HP being too easy to get, people are buying faster cars than they can handle. Hope the youngster gets well soon.........
The problem is that new cars are a lot faster than older cars, and with HP being too easy to get, people are buying faster cars than they can handle. Hope the youngster gets well soon......... billy32

5:21pm Sat 18 Jan 14

CapitaBackHander says...

phil kernot wrote:
We hope he makes a speedy recovery , drove on that rd many a time and you go over 30mph its easy to lose control , some roads are more hazardous than others ,,
YOU need to STOP driving now! The road is perfectly safe, mind you I can drive and am not a risk to others.
p.s. always wear your seatbelt.
[quote][p][bold]phil kernot[/bold] wrote: We hope he makes a speedy recovery , drove on that rd many a time and you go over 30mph its easy to lose control , some roads are more hazardous than others ,,[/p][/quote]YOU need to STOP driving now! The road is perfectly safe, mind you I can drive and am not a risk to others. p.s. always wear your seatbelt. CapitaBackHander

5:25pm Sat 18 Jan 14

CapitaBackHander says...

billy32 wrote:
The problem is that new cars are a lot faster than older cars, and with HP being too easy to get, people are buying faster cars than they can handle. Hope the youngster gets well soon.........
Sorry but that is nonsense. First off the brakes are far better and so are tyres. The problem is that crashes happen all the time and usually it is human error from driving in an appropriate style for the conditions. Then the media/locals start calling the road dangerous.
[quote][p][bold]billy32[/bold] wrote: The problem is that new cars are a lot faster than older cars, and with HP being too easy to get, people are buying faster cars than they can handle. Hope the youngster gets well soon.........[/p][/quote]Sorry but that is nonsense. First off the brakes are far better and so are tyres. The problem is that crashes happen all the time and usually it is human error from driving in an appropriate style for the conditions. Then the media/locals start calling the road dangerous. CapitaBackHander

10:25pm Sat 18 Jan 14

s_smith says...

I do hope Nicola Holland doesn't have a driving license, because she is not that observant; there ARE cats eyes on Rivington Road, done last year I think when they re-did all the white lines as well... at least on the Blackburn side.

The Chorley side seem to have not looked after theirs.
I do hope Nicola Holland doesn't have a driving license, because she is not that observant; there ARE cats eyes on Rivington Road, done last year I think when they re-did all the white lines as well... at least on the Blackburn side. The Chorley side seem to have not looked after theirs. s_smith

1:17pm Sun 19 Jan 14

rudis_dad says...

I have driven along Rivington Road between Belmont and Rivington village many times. Yet each time I have done so, I seem by some miracle to have reached the other end unscathed. How is this possible on such a dangerous road? Is it because I got lucky? Is it because I managed to creep up on the road whilst it wasn't looking? No. It was because was driving within my limits, my vehicle's limits and according to the prevailing road and weather conditions at the time. Once again people, there is NO SUCH THING as a dangerous road - it's just the dangerous twunts who drive along them. It's high time that new drivers in the UK were taught how to drive, not how to pass the driving test. Additionally, if the government wants to get more money in it's coffers, they should introduce a compulsory retest every five years. This would have the extra benefit of getting all the p**s-takers off the roads whould shouldn't be trusted with one of those foam footballs, let alone a car.
I have driven along Rivington Road between Belmont and Rivington village many times. Yet each time I have done so, I seem by some miracle to have reached the other end unscathed. How is this possible on such a dangerous road? Is it because I got lucky? Is it because I managed to creep up on the road whilst it wasn't looking? No. It was because was driving within my limits, my vehicle's limits and according to the prevailing road and weather conditions at the time. Once again people, there is NO SUCH THING as a dangerous road - it's just the dangerous twunts who drive along them. It's high time that new drivers in the UK were taught how to drive, not how to pass the driving test. Additionally, if the government wants to get more money in it's coffers, they should introduce a compulsory retest every five years. This would have the extra benefit of getting all the p**s-takers off the roads whould shouldn't be trusted with one of those foam footballs, let alone a car. rudis_dad

2:18pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Boris Bear says...

Police said they were yet to establish who was driving the car.
Police said they were yet to establish who was driving the car. Boris Bear

5:27pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Pat Howarth says...

I think 'kids' need to be accompanied by a seasoned driver for at least 12 months after they pass their tests, then , they need to do a retest....just in case! How often do we hear "he'd only passed his test 6 weeks ago"?
I do hope this lad comes out of the coma and is back to normal soon...I have 4 grown up kids who all drive and I worry even now, they have kids of their own who drive and it's scarey......THERE ARE TOO MANY IDIOTS ON THE ROADS ...DON'T BE ONE OF THEM. My best wishes to this boy and his family......
I think 'kids' need to be accompanied by a seasoned driver for at least 12 months after they pass their tests, then , they need to do a retest....just in case! How often do we hear "he'd only passed his test 6 weeks ago"? I do hope this lad comes out of the coma and is back to normal soon...I have 4 grown up kids who all drive and I worry even now, they have kids of their own who drive and it's scarey......THERE ARE TOO MANY IDIOTS ON THE ROADS ...DON'T BE ONE OF THEM. My best wishes to this boy and his family...... Pat Howarth

10:51pm Sun 19 Jan 14

elsie-mary says...

this boys family must be distraught so for all you "perfect
people" out there with your negative comments , spare a thought and wish this boy a speedy recovery.
this boys family must be distraught so for all you "perfect people" out there with your negative comments , spare a thought and wish this boy a speedy recovery. elsie-mary

8:45am Mon 20 Jan 14

rudis_dad says...

elsie-mary wrote:
this boys family must be distraught so for all you "perfect
people" out there with your negative comments , spare a thought and wish this boy a speedy recovery.
I don't think that anyon'es claimed to be perfect - the point that is being made is that in this, as in so many other incidents, people are looking to apportion blame on the road. This is simply nonsense - a road is an inanimate object. How can it be dangerous? The fact remains that the driver of the vehicle lost control most likely because of lack of experience, poor judgement and youth's sense of immortality - NOT because of anything the road did. If it turns out that the accident was caused by a mechanical failure then the argument that "the road is dangerous" holds even less water because there is little that can be done to counteract sudden unforeseen failures.
[quote][p][bold]elsie-mary[/bold] wrote: this boys family must be distraught so for all you "perfect people" out there with your negative comments , spare a thought and wish this boy a speedy recovery.[/p][/quote]I don't think that anyon'es claimed to be perfect - the point that is being made is that in this, as in so many other incidents, people are looking to apportion blame on the road. This is simply nonsense - a road is an inanimate object. How can it be dangerous? The fact remains that the driver of the vehicle lost control most likely because of lack of experience, poor judgement and youth's sense of immortality - NOT because of anything the road did. If it turns out that the accident was caused by a mechanical failure then the argument that "the road is dangerous" holds even less water because there is little that can be done to counteract sudden unforeseen failures. rudis_dad

8:55pm Mon 20 Jan 14

happycyclist says...

Saying the road is dangerous is about as idiotic as saying the car is dangerous. Drivers and their apologists need to take more responsibility.
Saying the road is dangerous is about as idiotic as saying the car is dangerous. Drivers and their apologists need to take more responsibility. happycyclist

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