Pregnant woman’s crash sparks speed limit call

Police and fire crews attend the crash site in Polwarth as the vehicle lies on its side in the middle of the road. Picture: Tom Duffin
Police and fire crews attend the crash site in Polwarth as the vehicle lies on its side in the middle of the road. Picture: Tom Duffin
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A PREGNANT woman had a lucky escape after her car clipped a kerb, smashed into another vehicle and ended up on its side at a notorious junction – sparking calls to slash its 30mph speed limit.

The accident on Tuesday night happened just yards away from a Merchiston Community Council meeting – where members were ironically discussing the corner of Polwarth Grove and Polwarth Gardens.

Motorists have often been accused of driving too fast before the “blind bend”, while others park on double yellow-lines near a convenience store.

The driver, thought to be in her 20s, was taken to the ERI with suspected facial injuries.

Noise from the collision caused people at the meeting in the nearby tennis and bowling club to step outside and see what had happened.

Dr Mairianna Clyde, who covers planning for the community council, said: “We had just been talking about the junction and then the next thing there was a bit of a crunch outside. It was bizarre we were talking about it just as it happens.

“We didn’t think too much of it at first as the noise wasn’t horrendous, then blue flashing lights started to appear. We went outside and there were a lot of police tending to the 
accident.

“I don’t know how it happened, it was cold so it might have been ice. People have raised concerns that it is a blind corner and people sometimes speed.

“But however it’s happened, it must have been a terrible shock for the poor lady, especially when she’s pregnant.

“I heard she had been ‘walking wounded’ and had suffered facial injuries but it must have been a nasty shock. I just hope everything is OK for her and she makes a full recovery.”

The road was closed for 90 minutes as fire crews, police and an ambulance attended.

Last year, a car collided with around eight parked vehicles as it sped through the same street.

Councillor Gavin Corbett, Green member for Fountainbridge and Craiglockhart, said something needed to be done to “avoid a repeat with more serious consequences”. He asked police for an incident report so any road safety issues can be addressed and added it re-emphasised the need for 20mph zones in residential areas.

He said: “In many ways it’s the alignment of the junction that is the problem. The shop on the corner gets clogged up with parking and it pushes cars out into the road.

“Residents say there is also a problem with speeding cars because they are coming down hill.

“I heard the person wasn’t hurt badly but by the look of the car it could have been a lot worse. I am glad she seems to be OK, but somebody else could be badly injured.”

In August, the News revealed how Edinburgh is set to become the first 20mph city in Scotland under pioneering plans to boost walking and cycling. Speed limits will be reduced from 30mph in all residential areas, shopping districts and streets heavily used by
pedestrians and cyclists.