Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Lollipop Man Hit by Driver on Crossing Set to Be Axed ; Campaigners Say Incident Proves Patrol Is Still Needed on 'Dangerous' Road

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Lollipop Man Hit by Driver on Crossing Set to Be Axed ; Campaigners Say Incident Proves Patrol Is Still Needed on 'Dangerous' Road

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ALOLLIPOP man was hit by a car on a crossing branded 'low risk' by council bosses and ear-marked for closure. John Naggs, 58, was struck by a white van's wing mirror as he walked off Washway Road in Sale after helping children and parents cross at rush hour. Police are investigating.

Council chiefs are proposing to axe the patrol at the Eastway junction under cost-saving plans to cut a third of Trafford's 97 manned crossings.

It is one of 31 which could lose its patrol as part of a Pounds 24m savings plan and has been branded as low risk.

A petition against the closure has been signed by 700 people and grandfather-of-two Mr Naggs said he fears a child could be killed if he is moved.

The former HGV driver works during the morning and evening rush hours for children at Tyntesfield Primary and Ashton on Mersey schools. The site is a major crossroads.

Mr Naggs said: "It was just an impatient motorist really. I have had a few incidents over the last few years because this is a very busy junction. …

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