Couple's car written off for third time after yet another crash outside their home

A couple have had three cars written off in seven years after another driver crashed into their family car this week. Helen Griffiths said Blackmill Road in Ogmore Vale has seen 17 crashes and three walls knocked down in the last 10 years, including their own cars being smashed into. A car of theirs has been written off for a third time after it was crashed into at around midnight on Thursday.

Helen said she is "lost for words" and is calling for more safety measures to be put in place on the road.

How the car looked on Thursday

The third and latest incident happened as Helen and her husband Wayne were heading to bed. Helen, 60, said: "At around midnight we were on our way to bed, and we thought what we heard was like a roar of thunder. "When we went outside all we could see was steam and a car in the road.

"The car has lost control, hit our neighbour's car into our front railings so nobody could get out or get in. Our neighbour's car had smashed into our Audi Q2 and our car has gone into the back of the neighbour's van." Helen added: "Three cars written off, 17 accidents to date, three times a wall has been knocked down in car accidents and rebuilt.

I'm lost for words again." Helen said she believes the combination of speed and the sharp bend is what is leading to a high number of accidents on Blackmill Road. She said: "There's a big bend with a 30mph speed sign on the road but they pay no attention to it."

Couple's car written off for third time after yet another crash outside their homeDebris was left strewn across the road

Helen said emergency services were called to the scene on Thursday and didn't leave until around 3am.

She said: "I feel devastated and angry and with everything else going on with the Covid-19 situation too. My husband hasn't been going out because he's high risk, so you don't need this on top of it to make it an even more anxious situation." Helen wants the road to be looked at so further accidents can be prevented.

South Wales Police said it is investigating the incident that happened on Thursday.

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A Bridgend council spokesman said: "The council has already carried out a great deal of work at this location, including the installation of vehicle-activated warning signs and changing the speed limit between Ogmore Vale and Lewistown. "We are aware of several incidents in that area, and one injury was recorded between 2016 and 2019 when a driver stopped to use a mobile phone and their car was struck from behind by another vehicle. "As the semi-rural road is the main link through the valley and carries a high volume of traffic including buses, goods vehicles, cars and motorcycles, the options for additional measures are limited, but we are monitoring the situation to see if any further action can be taken."

A police spokesman said: "Police in Bridgend are investigating a road traffic collision which was reported shortly after midnight (on Thursday) on Blackmill Road.

A red Nissan Micra was in collision with three parked vehicles, a Ford Transit van, a Ford Eco and an Audi."

Anyone with information is asked to call police 101 and quote reference 2000214125.

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