Traffic chaos after road crash on city roundabout
AN eyewitness has told of her horror after witnessing a serious road crash in the city centre.
The crash yesterday afternoon caused long traffic jams in the city centre, and left one woman injured.
Eye-witness Sheila Dickson was crossing Canal Street when she saw two cars crash, sending one – a white Mitsubishi Lancer – spinning into a barrier.
The female passenger of that car was trapped and had to be cut free by firefighters before being taken to hospital.
Ms Dickson, 52, of Mansfield, said: “I was crossing the road with a friend when I heard a loud noise.
“I looked up and saw a blue Peugeot and a white Mitsubishi clip each other. The white car was spinning round very quickly and hit the barrier.
“It eventually came to rest. The passenger side took the worst of the impact. The blue car stopped but then drove off. It was a horrible thing to see.”
Ms Dickson, a trained first-aider, immediately went to help the passenger in the car, telling her to stay still until the emergency services arrived.
She said: “The driver got out and was shaken. The woman in the passenger seat had just come from hospital as she has spinal problems, so she was worried about that. She was obviously very upset.”
The accident happened at around 1pm yesterday. It is believed the Mitsubishi was approaching the roundabout where Canal Street meets London Road, while the blue car was just exiting it.
Two crews from Central Fire Station were called, while there were also two ambulances and several police cars both marked and unmarked.
One lane of the road was closed. The driver of the car managed to get out, while firefighters had to cut the roof off to get the woman out. Paramedics gave her oxygen while they were doing so. They lifted her out on a stretcher before she was taken to hospital.
The road was later completely closed to allow for police to investigate. It led to major traffic problems in the city, particularly in Mansfield Road.
Police have appealed for information to help find the driver of the other car, which they say would have front-end damage and possibly a flat tyre.
Anyone with information should call police on 101.