Driver reported by police after ignoring roadworks and hitting worker
A motorist has been reported by police for driving without due care and attention after ignoring a one-way traffic system and hitting a road construction worker.
Police and ambulance personnel attended the scene on the B3274 at Fore Street in Roche at around 3pm on Monday (March 5)
A driver was reported to have driven the wrong way along the temporary roadworks one-way system and knocked down a male, who was working on repairs to the road.
The worker was reported to have been taken to hospital for checks.
A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service said: “We were called at on Monday at 3.07pm to Fore Street, Roche, to attend a road traffic collision involving a pedestrian.
“A male patient was taken to hospital for treatment on various injuries.”
Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that a worker was injured in the incident.
A spokesman added: “Police attended and the driver of the Citroen has been reported for driving without due care and attention.”
Lying just south of the A30, traffic in Roche has been affected by roadworks for just over two weeks.
The reconstruction and resurfacing started on Monday, February 19.
The work has been carried out under a 24-hour road closure and was hoped to be complete by Friday, March 2, however snow and extreme weather has caused a delay.
A number of residents on the Roche Village Facebook page have reported seeing motorists ignoring one-way signs.
Jo Corcoran wrote: “I just witnessed someone else drive through the ‘no entry’ sign, good job a worker was there to stop him. I don’t know how they missed this person though, there’s always a worker at the bottom.”
Amy Sole added: “It’s just a disgrace. Absolutely disgusted and saddened to read this.
“Have too witnessed a number of vehicles going the wrong way and when faced with said oncoming traffic and explaining to them it’s one way you just get a load of abuse back.
“Potentially someone’s life is at risk here for the sake of literally a few minutes. What planet are those who think they are above the law on?”
Melanie Rumble posted: “After this incident yesterday, which is disgusting, went out at 7am to my astonishment a bus with passengers came up and got stuck – more lives put at risk.”
A Cormac spokesman said: “Owing to the impacts of Storm Emma and the Beast from the East weather front, our resurfacing work on Fore Street in Roche has been delayed and will continue this week (Monday, March 5).
“Work on the Fore Street/Edgcumbe Road roundabout and the sections of roads leading to it will now start Monday, March 12 for approximately five nights, starting at 7pm.
“We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause, although we are sure you can appreciate the circumstances.”
Commenting on the roadworks previously, a council spokesman said: “The work in Roche is part of Cormac’s surfacing and maintenance programme and will involve much-needed reconstruction of the busy main road.
“Letter drops have already gone out to those most affected and more details are available on Cormac’s webpage.”
The Fore Street closure has been place throughout the works, from St Gomonda’s Church up to the junction with Harmony Road.
Steve Pearce, area surfacing manager for Cormac, said: “We will need to excavate some parts of the road to depths of half a metre, which clearly makes it too dangerous to open up for any duration while works are taking place.
“We know the work is likely to cause some level of disruption, but this is sadly unavoidable. We will do our utmost to minimise impacts for all concerned, but ask that people show patience with us while the works take place.”
Resurfacing of the Fore Street/Edgcumbe Road roundabout and the sections of roads leading to it will follow, which was due to start on Monday, March 5, for approximately five nights, starting at 7pm.
Cornwall Council has been approached for a further comment.