Demands were today made for warning signs to be installed at the site of long-running roadworks after a pensioner was knocked down by a car.
The 70-year-old was hit at the Vine island in Wolverhampton, where roadworks are ongoing to transform the layout. The layout of the road is being changed in a bid to cope with more traffic travelling to the i54 business park.
Traffic was travelling in the opposite direction to usual and the pedestrian, believed to be in his 70s, was crossing Stafford Road in Wolverhampton at traffic lights near to the island when the accident happened.
He was hit by a car that was using a contraflow system, heading towards the island on the side of the dual carriageway usually used by vehicles travelling away from the junction.
Witnesses today called for better warning signs to be used and said the pedestrian did not appear to have realised the layout of lanes had been changed.
Despite a sign warning people to look both ways, residents say the busy junction and changing layout can be confusing.
The man was taken to New Cross Hospital with a head injury, as well as shoulder and knee pain.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the scene on Stafford Road, near to Bee Lane, shortly after 10.15am yesterday.
Dave Salmon, aged 56, of Stafford Road, said: “I heard a screech of brakes, an impact and then rushed outside and saw a car that had stopped, and a body underneath.
“If you didn’t realise the contraflow system was in place then you would not think to look both ways as it is usually a dual carriageway.”
Elsewhere in Wolverhampton, a lamp post was knocked out of the ground when a BMW careered into it. Police and the fire service were called to the crash, which happened on Guy Avenue in Low Hill on Saturday at 9.30pm.
The driver and passenger, both men in their late teens or early 20s, escaped without injury.
Also in Wolverhampton, a driver had to be cut free from his silver Renault Megane yesterday after it hit a post box and a brick wall. The man, in his 40s, was taken to New Cross Hospital with back and abdominal pains following the crash, which happened on Wergs Road, in Tettenhall.
A woman had to be cut free from her car following an accident on her 23rd birthday. Her silver Ford Fiesta was shunted by a 4x4 vehicle at the junction of Lichfield Road and Coppice Farm Way, in New Invention on Saturday.
In Pedmore, a driver and passenger had a lucky escape after a car overturned. It happened at 1.55pm on Worcester Lane yesterday.