Pedestrian fighting for life after fire engine collision

Police at the scene of the Cowley Road crash

Police at the scene of the Cowley Road crash

First published in News

A WOMAN was fighting for her life last night after a collision with a fire engine as she crossed Cowley Road in Oxford.

The area, between Shelley Road and Howard Street, was closed in both directions following the collision.

An eye-witness, who was driving down the road in her car when the incident happened, told of her shock.

The young woman, who did not wish to be indentified, said: “This woman was standing in the central reservation when a fire engine was coming down the road.

“It had its lights on, but she hesitated for a moment and then stepped out.

“I was so shocked.”

Oxfordshire County Council spokesman Paul Smith said the fire engine, based at Rewley Road, Oxford, was called out at about 3.40pm to an emergency on the Blackbird Leys estate.

The emergency was not a fire, according to Mr Smith, but he did not provide further details.

He said: “There were four firefighters in the fire engine and they gave first aid to the woman before the ambulance arrived.

“None of the firefighters were injured.”

Mr Smith was unable to say how fast the fire engine was travelling at the time of the collision.

Shortly afterwards, ambulance crews arrived and the woman, who neighbours said was a grandmother-of-four, was taken to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital.

South Central Ambulance spokeswoman Michelle Archer said she had “potentially life-threatening injuries”.

A worker at Morrisons next to the scene said the police had taken sand and water from the store.

He said: “They couldn’t use the facilities in the fire truck because it was part of the scene.

“After the accident everybody in the area just stopped, it’s the sort of thing that leaves you a bit shaken.

“But straight away the police had a tarpaulin screen out to cover the scene.”

Police said the woman was believed to be in her 50s, but neighbours claimed she was likely to be in her 80s.

Littlemore resident Fiona Tapp was visiting the vet on the corner of Howard Street and Cowley Road when the fire engine came past.

Miss Tapp, who works in customer services, said: “I was sitting in my car when the fire engine came past and it had its sirens blaring.

“When I came out of the vets I saw the road had been closed off and I asked a bus driver what had happened – he told me it had been quite bad.

“The ambulance staff got there very quickly.”

Diversions were put in place and a number of local bus services were disrupted as a result of the accident.

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9:27am Sat 17 May 14

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Sometimes the sirens and lights can cause panic rather than caution. Perhaps this unfortunate woman followed the instinct to get away from an exposed position in the middle of the road.
Sometimes the sirens and lights can cause panic rather than caution. Perhaps this unfortunate woman followed the instinct to get away from an exposed position in the middle of the road. Milkbutnosugarplease
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10:45am Sat 17 May 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Milkbutnosugarplease wrote:
Sometimes the sirens and lights can cause panic rather than caution. Perhaps this unfortunate woman followed the instinct to get away from an exposed position in the middle of the road.
Perhaps she is deaf ! Anybody not witness to the accident will know for sure and even then I imagine there will be conflicting accounts.
[quote][p][bold]Milkbutnosugarplease[/bold] wrote: Sometimes the sirens and lights can cause panic rather than caution. Perhaps this unfortunate woman followed the instinct to get away from an exposed position in the middle of the road.[/p][/quote]Perhaps she is deaf ! Anybody not witness to the accident will know for sure and even then I imagine there will be conflicting accounts. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 1

10:47am Sat 17 May 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Perhaps she is deaf ! Anybody not witness to the accident will never know for sure and even then I imagine there will be conflicting accounts.
Perhaps she is deaf ! Anybody not witness to the accident will never know for sure and even then I imagine there will be conflicting accounts. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 0

12:55pm Sat 17 May 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

She's dead now, so we will never know. Very sad
She's dead now, so we will never know. Very sad HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: 0

6:58pm Sat 17 May 14

skye53 says...

Very sad news I've got to say the siren they use you can't tell what direction they are coming from my thought's are with the family
Very sad news I've got to say the siren they use you can't tell what direction they are coming from my thought's are with the family skye53
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11:01pm Sat 17 May 14

John Lamb says...

I was crossing Cowley Road on a pelican crossing and was nearly run over by a police car that only had it's blue lights on until rally close to me and then it turned it's siren on.
I said to my wife: "Someone is going to get killed if they drive like that"
I wish I'd been wrong.
I was crossing Cowley Road on a pelican crossing and was nearly run over by a police car that only had it's blue lights on until rally close to me and then it turned it's siren on. I said to my wife: "Someone is going to get killed if they drive like that" I wish I'd been wrong. John Lamb
  • Score: -6

10:22am Sun 18 May 14

Quentin Walker says...

Whilst we are all sorry for this lady, we mustn't forget about the feelings of the driver involved.
Whilst we are all sorry for this lady, we mustn't forget about the feelings of the driver involved. Quentin Walker
  • Score: 8

12:56am Mon 19 May 14

OxfordLad30 says...

John Lamb wrote:
I was crossing Cowley Road on a pelican crossing and was nearly run over by a police car that only had it's blue lights on until rally close to me and then it turned it's siren on.
I said to my wife: "Someone is going to get killed if they drive like that"
I wish I'd been wrong.
How does a fire engine tragically colliding with a lady prove your comment about the Police driver either right or wrong?

You don't know the circumstances, yet you are basically implying the fire engine driver was "driving like that". Leave the judgement about what happened to the experts, i.e. the Police - such wild speculation does nobody any good in the case of tragic incidents such as this.
[quote][p][bold]John Lamb[/bold] wrote: I was crossing Cowley Road on a pelican crossing and was nearly run over by a police car that only had it's blue lights on until rally close to me and then it turned it's siren on. I said to my wife: "Someone is going to get killed if they drive like that" I wish I'd been wrong.[/p][/quote]How does a fire engine tragically colliding with a lady prove your comment about the Police driver either right or wrong? You don't know the circumstances, yet you are basically implying the fire engine driver was "driving like that". Leave the judgement about what happened to the experts, i.e. the Police - such wild speculation does nobody any good in the case of tragic incidents such as this. OxfordLad30
  • Score: 3

3:02pm Mon 19 May 14

John Lamb says...

I am not ssaying the circumstances were exactly the same but it is a very built up area and the police car that nearly knocked us over did not see to care that pedestrians were crossing.
When I say "Driving like that", I mean quickly in a densely populated area with multiple junctions.
I am not 100% certain but I am guessing this vehicle was not travelling slowly.
Old people cannot react as quickly as we fortunately could but had
we been elderly we definitely wouldn't have been able to get across the road safely.
I am not ssaying the circumstances were exactly the same but it is a very built up area and the police car that nearly knocked us over did not see to care that pedestrians were crossing. When I say "Driving like that", I mean quickly in a densely populated area with multiple junctions. I am not 100% certain but I am guessing this vehicle was not travelling slowly. Old people cannot react as quickly as we fortunately could but had we been elderly we definitely wouldn't have been able to get across the road safely. John Lamb
  • Score: -2

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