Signal plea after 12-year-old dies in Shaw crossing crash

Annalise Holt
Image caption Annalise Holt was "full of joy and energy, loud and outgoing", her mother said

A petition calling for traffic signals on a "dangerous" crossing where a 12-year-old girl was killed has gained over 4,500 signatures.

Annalise Holt died when she was hit by a van on a zebra crossing in Milnrow Road, Shaw, on Tuesday afternoon. A second girl, 11, was seriously injured.

She is being treated at Royal Oldham Hospital.

An Oldham Council report in 2010 found more than 30 people had been injured on Milnrow Road in five years.

The petition aims to persuade Oldham Council to install a pelican crossing at the site "before another person is killed or seriously injured".

People who signed the petition said a safe crossing was "required urgently" and a "lack of light" made the crossing difficult to spot when dark.

Chris Gloucester, a former police traffic inspector who launched the petition said: "This crossing has been here for the whole of my policing career and I have lost count of the number of times I have attended serious and fatal collisions at this location."

Councillor Howard Sykes said safety measures on the stretch had improved, but he was hearing of "near-misses on a weekly basis".

'Misleading data'

He said: "It's used for two routes for primary schools, there's a set of shops opposite, it's the main route through the town.

Image caption Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for a pelican crossing at the scene of the accident

"Some of us have been asking for some engineering measures to be taken."

Dave Hibbert, Oldham cabinet member for housing, transport and regeneration said there had been three incidents on the crossing in 14 years, including one death when a woman blinded by low winter sun was hit by a car in January last year.

He added that there had been misleading reports about the crossing site, with some data referring to a stretch of Milnrow Road (A663) running north, towards Milnrow.

'Model student'

Mr Hibbert said the council could convert the zebra to a pelican crossing once it has the full facts about the incident.

Oldham Councillors held a minute's silence at their meeting earlier before they discussed the incident at its regular full council meeting.

Annalise's mother Lesley described her as "my beautiful angel princess".

"She was full of joy and energy, loud and outgoing," she said.

Dr Kevin O'Hagan, headteacher at Royton and Crompton school, said she was a "model student".

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