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Lorry reverses into car at Rowley Lane roundabout
A traffic collision has put Rowley Lane roundabout back into the spotlight with concerns over safety.
Police attended the crash at 6.30pm on Friday, May 9 following reports that a Dutch lorry had backed into two parked cars in Studio Way, Borehamwood.
The driver was attempting to deliver to Sainsbury's, but could not manoeuvre around the newly restored roundabout and had to reverse into Studio Way.
A Honda Jazz hatchback suffered significant damage, but the owner was not in her vehicle at the time.
The road was blocked for half an hour before the damage was cleared.
Councillor Terry Douris, cabinet member with responsibility for highways at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Before this very upsetting incident, county councillor Alan Plancey had already allocated funding from his own personal highways locality budget scheme for placing more signs in Rowley Lane to help deter lorries, and those signs will be put up as soon as they are delivered.
“However with further damage being done to both the roundabout at Rowley Lane and, worse still, to a resident’s car, more needs to be done. As a matter of urgency I will contact Sainsbury to call them to a meeting to discuss what immediate further action needs to be taken to stop this type of accident happening in the future.”
Heavy goods vehicles contractors that serve the area, including Sainsburys, have been involved in ensuring their drivers are aware that the roundabout can be difficult to negotiate.
Residents have said they can feel their homes shake as the lorries pass and are worried their homes could be hit.
Councillor Morris Bright, leader of Hertsmere Borough Council said: “I dread to think what would have happened if Mrs Troy had been sitting in her car when the lorry smashed in to it. Lorries cannot be allowed up Studio Way - not even to reverse and turn.
“The county council will need to act swiftly to put the right measures in place to ensure lorries from the depot can only travel on Rowley Lane to the A1 and not towards Shenley.”
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