Claverley crash victim steps up speed cut calls

A man who was forced to retire due to injury after his car was hit by a drunk driver in Shropshire has launched a campaign to get the speed limit reduced near his home.

Campaigner John McSherry, left, with van driver Darren Sullivan, whose van leaked the oil, and Daniel McSherry, who tried to slow down motorists
Campaigner John McSherry, left, with van driver Darren Sullivan, whose van leaked the oil, and Daniel McSherry, who tried to slow down motorists

John McSherry ran the Poplar Cottage tearooms in Claverley with his wife Michelle until the accident in 2009. Both were temporarily wheelchair-bound following the head-on smash on the B4176 and Mr McSherry’s mobility has since been reduced due to his injuries.

Today the 61-year-old revealed he had contacted MP Philip Dunne, Shropshire Council and Claverley Parish Council about the ‘treacherous’ road, claiming a recent oil spill could have led to someone else getting hurt.

Van driver Darren Sullivan’s van broke down and leaked oil onto the carriageway. Mr McSherry’s son Daniel stayed by the spillage for more than four hours to alert motorists to the danger.

John McSherry said: “My son, Daniel, rang the police and the highways department for assistance at 5.30pm on Friday because it was a major spillage. During this time my son stayed by the spillage because he knew how dangerous it was and flashed motorists to slow down, but hardly any took any notice.

“A van from the highways department turned up at 7pm and placed a little sign with no lights. Nobody did anything else until a gritter turned up at about 9pm. Had it not been for Daniel, who made the decision to stay there, there would have been an accident. The incident made me decide to start my campaign for slower traffic again so I will be contacting the police, highways, Shropshire Council, Claverley Parish Council and the MP about it.”

Anthony Gordon, 37, who was more than three-and-a-half times the legal drink-drive limit, was killed in the crash that injured Mr and Mrs McSherry.

Alice Dilly, Shropshire Council’s principal engineer for road safety, said: “This is a road targeted for mobile speed camera enforcement by the West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership. Speeding concerns have in the past been raised and as such the route has been taken on board as a ‘community concern site’, and is enforced accordingly.”

Comments for: "Claverley crash victim steps up speed cut calls"

Rob, Telford

“This is a road targeted for mobile speed camera enforcement by the West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership. Speeding concerns have in the past been raised and as such the route has been taken on board as a ‘community concern site’, and is enforced accordingly.”

Not our fault guv - we've gone everything we can - like what exactly?

Grim Reaper

“This is a road targeted for mobile speed camera enforcement by the West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership. Speeding concerns have in the past been raised and as such the route has been taken on board as a ‘community concern site’, and is enforced accordingly.”

Whichever is the road concerned, the above is a prime example of the meaningless verbal garbage one has come to expect from some of Shropshire Council's employees. Do they ever once stop to think how ridiculous they sound?

Steamtown

This news story seems to get a little mixed up somewhere, I wonder why?

It’s true that the B4176 is targeted for mobile speed camera enforcement, but as I recall the accident that claimed the life of Mr Anthony Gordon took place on the A454. Some 2 miles away.

If John McSherry has concerns over the speed of traffic along the road outside his house, he should have took this on board before he bought his property.

It’s a road with posted national speed limits, and motorists are quite entitled to do 60 miles an hour along here.

Yosemite Sam

The comment from the Shrops Council's principal engineer have little relevance to the issue raised in this report.

Why did it take so long for the council to do something about the oil-spill hazard, and when they did do something, why did it take two hours more for the right people to be sent to deal with the spill?

reallyconfused

Well we could reduce the speed limit on every road in Britain to 20MPH. Would it prevent people getting killed by drunken drivers or skidding on spilled oil?

Not at all people can skid on oil at 20 MPH or get hit by a drunk doing 90MPH even if the limit was 20MPH, so what point is MR Mc Sherry trying to make?

Maybe if Miss Dilly's Department acted faster on clearing up oil spills and potholes the roads would be safer than they are now, without speed limit cuts or maybe all the budget for maintenance has been spent on new speed signs for the roads?