at 10:20 on 20/06/12
Oh gosh, that looks so nasty. You don't want to mess with tractors. Was the driver ok?
at 18:50 on 30/06/12
Oh I see! the car hit the tractor's front left wheel and rolled around the tractor's left front corner and therefore causing all the damage to it's (the car's) passenger side. In that situation why would you turn into the obstruction? Madness! Also no skid marks can be seen in photos 2 and 3 so the driver might have been distracted somehow and just didn't see the tractor until it was in the middle of the road and plowed straight into it. I feel the blind spot wasn't to blame in this - more likely mobile phone, reaching for sunglasses or something else that took their eyes of the road or possibly the driver had a heart attack or fit.
at 14:37 on 21/06/12
I know what you mean. The car was coming from Frome. The tractor would have been able so see him as his view is over the hedge line, but for some reason the car didn't stop & ploughed into the side of the tractor (which had reveres back into Coalash Lane by the time the photos were taken I assume). Its very difficult pulling out there in a car as in the time between looking both ways & pulling out another vehicle can easily appear. If they are doing 60mph from Frome then it can feel touch-and-go if you are going to get out in time. The overgrown verges make it even harder (as I know to my cost).My own personal solution to ease this situation a little is to make Coalash Lane one-way (IN) and make Jacks Lane one-way (OUT). The 'out' visibility at the top of Jacks Lane is infinitely better and the Coalash junction would be much safer as a result.The only downside is that the Jacks Lane railway bridge is slightly lower than the Coalash Lane railway bridge. Another upside however is that a one-way route under the bridges would make it much more possible & cheaper to lower the road under the bridge to make the current weight restriction into town more enforceable - relieving Christchurch Street of some of the larger trucks and improving the use of the bypass.
at 12:34 on 21/06/12
It's a horrible junction and I hope the occupants are ok. @ Lovefrome – I think you are mistaken though as for the blind spot to come into effect the car on the main road would have to be travelling 'towards' Frome 'from' Buckland D/Radstock and not the other way around. The tractor was turning on to the main road as shown in the pictures. If it had turned out without going slowly enough for oncoming traffic to see it then a car even going at 30 or 40 (it is a 60 road) wouldn't have had a chance to stop and if there was on coming traffic as well then nowhere to go. I am willing to bet the tractor pulled out and the car had nowhere to go. However if the car was travelling from frome to radstock then the blind spot would have had nothing to do with it because you can see the turning from quite a way back, you have a lane width between you and the junction and the tractor would have been able to see over the hedge to its left. If the car were travelling from frome and there was a coming together then it would have been trying to get in front of the tractor so as not to get stuck behind all through Buckland D and beyond and most probably misjudged the gap available.
at 11:46 on 21/06/12
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at 10:50 on 20/06/12
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