Did traffic light failure cause serious crash in Northampton?

The traffic lights near Weston Favell Centre stopped working for two days. Credit Google
The traffic lights near Weston Favell Centre stopped working for two days. Credit Google

An investigation is being held into the cause of a serious car crash in Northampton near to a busy junction where a set of traffic lights stopped working for two days.

The traffic lights outside the Weston Favell Centre, near to the A43 junction, were not working from 3.30pm on Monday until 4pm on Wednesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, a black BMW and a red Mitsubishi L200 were involved in a collision near to the A43 slip road.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, a 40-year-old woman from Northampton and a passenger, also from Northampton, were taken to Northampton General Hospital and later released. A second passenger from this car was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said the traffic lights lost power on Monday due to cable damage and signs were placed on the road to warn drivers the lights weren’t working.

The spokesman said: “The traffic lights in Weston Favell were reported as faulty at 3.30pm on Monday, August 31. Engineers attended the site at 5pm and after a full investigation suspected the site to have cable damage.

“The site was attended at 10.40am on Tuesday, September 1 with the engineers finding no resolution.

“Due to the age of this site and how it has been built cable faults are challenging to rectify.

“We are aware of the incident that took place on Tuesday evening. As soon as lights are reported faulty signs are placed to warn drivers that the lights are not working.

“Drivers are made aware to ensure they change their behaviour and drive according to the conditions.”

The spokesman said the circumstances surrounding the car crash were being investigated to establish what might have caused it.