Serious accident on King Street in Hammersmith, as bus hits two people

Image above: Photograph taken at the scene of the accident in King St on Monday afternoon

“Sadly, it is what everyone has been predicting. This intersection is deadly”

An accident on King Street in Hammersmith was “an accident waiting to happen” according to local residents who witnessed it on Monday 22 January.

“There has been a terrible accident at the end of our road this afternoon” wrote one resident of Rivercourt Rd in a message to neighbours.

“The mother of the young man who I was teaching saw it happen after she dropped her son at my house. A bus on King’s street hit two people who seemed to be stepping off of the raised up bit that they just created.

“She saw heard a very loud thud and saw two people fly up into the air.  King’s Street and Rivercourt Road have been closed off since just after 3pm.”

Another resident of Rivercourt Rd told The Chiswick Calendar: “Sadly, it is what everyone has been predicting. This intersection is deadly.”

Residents of Rivercourt Rd have written to Hammersmith & Fulham repeatedly, over a period of months, about the danger posed to pedestrians and cyclists at the junction of their road with King Street.

“Sat nav navigation systems direct drivers going into central London to drive down our small residential street, so it can back up to roundabout, which means the drivers get angry and sound their horns putting pressure on the driver at the front of a lengthy queue, which means they pull out too early when cyclists and pedestrians are crossing” on told The Chiswick Calendar.

The resident, who preferred not to be named, also said that coaches parked in parking bays not wide enough to accommodate them, compounding the problem at the junction.

“The cycle land has certainly not helped, but I doubt they will do anything about it now. We have pointed this out several times and there have been several accidents” she told us.

“I believe they should close our road so traffic keeps on the main road to go to the roundabout”.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson told The Chiswick Calendar:

“We were called at 3.17pm on Monday 22 January to reports of a road traffic collision on King Street, W6.

“We sent resources to the scene, including ambulance crews, a medic in a fast response car and a clinical team manager. Our first medic arrived at the scene in two minutes.

“We treated two patients at the scene before taking them to hospital.”

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