'Lucky no one was killed' after 'speeding' BMW crashes in north Derbyshire town centre
Police, community leaders and residents say it was fortunate no one died after a late-night car crash left a trail of destruction in Staveley.
A BMW car was badly damaged and roadside railings were destroyed when the driver ‘lost control’ close to the Morrison’s roundabout on the A619.
Derbyshire police said the driver claimed to have hit a manhole cover after the incident on Saturday night at about 11pm – but residents say cars regularly speed along the road.
Chesterfield borough and Staveley town councillor Mick Bagshaw said: “The car is in a right state and makes you wonder how they got out alive.
“Where this happened is more or less on the Morrison’s and market roundabout heading towards Chesterfield, where the road curves.
“It is clear by the damage the car was going at some speed.
“It looks like yet another case of new or young driver thinking they can handle a car like a pro.
"I’m so glad no one was hurt as this junction is a popular crossing point for pedestrians walking to Morrison’s or the market square.”
Police officers urged speeding drivers to ‘grow up’.
Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit tweeted: “Witnesses say he was flooring it.
"He was lucky - him and his passenger escape with no injuries.
"People die in collisions with less damage. Grow up, slow down.”
Passer-by Carl Troke said: "They hit the railing and spun down them before finally spinning into the middle of the road.”
Other residents reported that speeding cars were an ongoing problem in the area.
Rebecca Kennell said on our Facebook page: ”Speeding cars happen all the time around Staveley, I live on Lime Avenue and the amount of cars and motorbikes that bomb it down the road make it an accident waiting to happen.
"I’m glad no one was hurt, but I hope the driver gets his licence taken off him.”
Kelly Varley posted that the driver was ‘lucky to be alive’.
A Derbyshire police spokesperson said on Tuesday: “There have not been any arrests at this time, enquiries are ongoing and we would still like to hear from any witnesses who haven’t yet spoken to officers.”