A reader who saw the accident wrote in yesterday to me to report this:
"there were a number of emergency vehicles near the Askew Road/Uxbridge Road junction which one commenter on your blog earlier branded "an accident waiting to happen". Someone is telepathic. I'm not sure what was going on, but I overheard a police officers telling a number of male youths that they would have to wait whilst their friend was examined because he had suffered "head injuries".
At the side of the road was a transit-style van (not sure if it was a transit or not), a BMW, two police vans, one police car, an ambulance and a paramedic car. The ambulance had arrived about 60 seconds before me (it passed the bus I was on) however the injured individual had already been bundled into the ambulance (suggesting he was walking wounded).
Neither the van or the car appeared to have suffered any damage, so it is unlikely that it was a collision between the two vehicles - although it clearly was something a little more serious given the heavy police response. I can only imagine that someone had either been knocked down or attacked"?
I have spoken to the Police this morning who have given me the details of the incident, which is as follows:
Police were called at 19:00hrs by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) at 19:00hrs to reports of a collision along Askew Road near the junction with the Uxbridge Road, W12.
A male casualty was taken to a West London Hospital with non life threatening or changing injuries.
Which is a relief. But as one of you said just yesterday about this junction:
"Talking of frustrating junctions, the Askew Road/Uxbridge Road junction really, really, really should have a right filter. Traffic turning right moves into the centre of the road then can't turn for the traffic going straight-ahead. In the end, only one or two vehicles get to turn right per phase, and by the time they cross the pedestrian crossings they're going across whilst the pedestrians are on green. Accident waiting to happen..."
And how right you were - let's not forget the time someone was dragged under a van at that junction and the number of occasions we have probably all witnessed bad driving there, in part provoked by the frustrating and ridiculous traffic system there, which provokes this sort of behaviour.
Time to do something about it, H&F Council, before I'm reporting a fatality.