Shockwave of trauma hits Chichester school in wake of road horror

The headteacher of a Chichester school has described the devastating ripple effect a road accident has had on pupils and their families.

Fiona Sayce said pupils had been traumatised by the accident where a woman was hit by a skip lorry at Whyke Road, just outside Rumboldswhyke Infant School.

The headteacher said the vast majority of the school witnessed the traumatic accident and some pupils were too afraid to cross the road.

“The level crossing is a factor against us. This damages us more because when the gates are down there is a false belief that you can cross safely,” she said.

“But drivers frustrated in the queue overtake and turn into other local roads. People are driving down along the wrong side of the road. And there are so many parking problems.”

The head made a desperate plea to the South County Chichester Local Committee (SCCLC) to enforce a new school crossing outside the school or employ a new lollipop man or lady.

Lead campaigner for 20’s Plenty Sarah Sharp said: “I would like to back up Fiona on how one accident has sent shockwaves throughout the community. It has been shocking to lots of people.”

Cabinet member for highways and transport at the county council and SCCLC member, Pieter Montyn, said the idea of having a lollipop man or lady outside the school needed to be re-assessed and the idea to introduce a school safety zone had been put forward.

He said: “Both of these things are in there and I have specifically asked to bring these forward. With the school safety zone a local consultation is part of the process.”

As part of the school’s travel plan, parents are encouraged to park in the church opposite the school to avoid crossing Whyke Road.

On February 9, the 37-year-old mum was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital after she was hit by a skip lorry at Whyke Road. She bravely pushed at least one of her two daughters to safety before the accident.

She is said to be in a stable condition with serious but not life-threatening leg injuries. The lorry driver was also unharmed.