A THREE-year-old girl broke her leg in two places while crossing a busy road just five days after it was highlighted as a death trap in the Observer.
Now the mother of little Kiara Mulholland has hit out at council bosses for not providing adequate crossing places on Bolton Avenue, Huncoat.
Kelly Howson, 27, of nearby Windermere Avenue, also spoke of her distress after watching Kiara disappear under the wheels of a car.
She said: "It was absolutely devastating. I was just about to cross the road after visiting the paper shop with my two youngest children when Kiara lost grip of my hand and disappeared under a passing car.
"I just went cold. It happened so fast there was just nothing I could do. Luckily, the car was only travelling about 25mph but I dread to think what could have happened. There is no doubt Kiara has been a very lucky little girl."
Last Wednesday’s accident has left Kiara in a wheelchair, with her right leg broken in two places, and a plaster cast up to the top of her thigh.
She was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital where she underwent an operation to re-align her leg and was kept in for two days.
The accident happened during the first week of a campaign led by Huncoat councillor Dave Parkins to see more traffic-calming measures and crossings installed on the road.
Kelly hopes the accident will shock council bosses into action. She said: "Something definitely needs to be done on this road. Drivers fly down here and the rest of the estate. The next child may not be so lucky.
"I am fully backing Councillor Parkins’ campaign to have a crossing installed. It will make a real difference in slowing down traffic. No other parent should have to go through this."
Kiara, who has two brothers and a sister, Callum, nine, Seamus, five, and Laila, two, has been left traumatised by the accident and hates to hear anyone mention it.
Councillor Parkins said: "This accident just proves my point that something needs to be done. That little girl could have very easily been under one of the eight-wheel vehicles that use this road. The council needs to listen to the worries of the people who use it because traffic is becoming terrible."
A spokesman for Lancashire County Council’s highways department, said: "We send our good wishes for a speedy recovery to the young child involved in the recent accident on Bolton Avenue.
"The police thoroughly investigate all accidents of this nature and we work closely with them when considering any possible road improvements.
"The circumstances of all accidents have to be carefully considered and, while we have some initial information, we have not received final reports in this case and feel it would therefore not be appropriate to comment further at this stage."