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Resident had complained about Neasham Hill road before crash left a girl critically ill
CONCERNS have been raised over the safety of a rural road following a crash that left a 12-year-old girl critically ill in hospital.
The girl was airlifted to James Cook Hospital on Thursday after suffering serious head injuries when the Peugeot 407 she was travelling in along Neasham Hill near Darlington left the road and hit a telegraph pole side-on.
The driver and three other passengers, all from the Darlington area, were treated for minor whiplash injuries while the girl remains in hospital in a critical condition.
There were no other vehicles involved in the incident and police say the car left the road after the driver failed to negotiate an S-bend.
Paul Weightman, who lives in Low Dinsdale off Neasham Hill, said the road is in a poor state of repair and has previously complained to Darlington Council about it.
He said that for every crash that happens on it “there must be six or eight near misses”.
He added: “We are concerned about this road, it is a very dangerous road and it has not been maintained properly.
“I have had vehicles damaged by its poor surface and my son in law had a car written off when he drove along it when it was badly flooded – which happens often.”
Mr Weightman passed on his concerns about the road to his local councillor Doris Jones who confirmed that the council was aware of and investigating the flooding problems.
Police are appealing for witnesses to Thursday’s accident which happened at 1.25pm and anybody with information should contact them on 0191-3752159.