Lollipop lady calls for action after ‘near miss’

Lollipop lady Margaret Baggley just missed been knocked down by a speeding motorist while assisting some children across the road on Tuesday. She wants the Council to look at speed restrictions on Minsthorpe Lane. She has been a lollipop lady at the same spot on Minsthorpe Lane/Harrow Street for 38 years and says it was the most frightening experience she has had.
Lollipop lady Margaret Baggley just missed been knocked down by a speeding motorist while assisting some children across the road on Tuesday. She wants the Council to look at speed restrictions on Minsthorpe Lane. She has been a lollipop lady at the same spot on Minsthorpe Lane/Harrow Street for 38 years and says it was the most frightening experience she has had.
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A LOLLIPOP lady who narrowly avoided being hit by a car while escorting children across the road has called on Wakefield Council to improve safety measures.

Margaret Baggley has worked as a lollipop lady for St Joseph’s School, Moorthorpe, on the bottom of Minsthorpe Lane, for 38 years.

She said a driver “missed her by inches” when overtaking a bus in the morning rush hour.

Mrs Baggley, 70, of Harrow Street, South Elmsall, said the experience was the most terrifying she has had in her long career and she now wants action from Highways bosses at the council.

The incident happened last Tuesday morning just after 8.30am, when Minsthorpe Lane was busy with commuters and parents dropping off children at Minsthorpe Community College.

Mrs Baggley had stopped the traffic to let a family cross the road safely, when the motorist overtook a bus that had stopped and had to swerve to avoid her.

Mrs Baggley said: “I have no idea how she managed to miss me, she came out from behind the bus at such a speed.

“It’s just so lucky that the children weren’t already crossing the road, as she would not have been able to stop in time.

“There used to be flashing lights at the bottom of the road to warn drivers, but they were taken away years ago, and the speed cameras farther up the road don’t seem to have an effect down here. I’d never considered retiring before but this has scared me. More needs to be done.”

The Express has featured numerous road safety campaigns about Minsthorpe Lane, but Wakefield Council said there had been no speed-related accidents on the road.

Keith Bloomfield, Traffic and Transportation Service Manager, said: “Accident statistics show there have been no speed-related accidents on this stretch of road and cameras are already in place farther up Minsthorpe Lane. Our school crossing patrols play a vital role in the community and I urge motorists to take extra care when approaching a crossing and treat the patrols with the respect they deserve.”