Traffic lights 'knocked over' in 3.40am Cobridge smash as road left shut

Paramedics came across a smash on the A53 - which saw pedestrian lights 'knocked over' and the road shut. Police were also called to the stretch through Cobridge just after 3.40am on Sunday where they found a single-vehicle smash close to Cobridge Community Health Centre.

StokeonTrentLive reported at the time how the road was closed with cones in place, sand on the road, and the pedestrian lights outside Yorkshire Fisheries and the medical centre out of action. Today and Stoke-on-Trent City Council says engineers are assessing the damage.

West Midlands Ambulance Service say the driver did not want to be assessed. A spokeswoman said: "A passing ambulance came across a single vehicle RTC at the junction of Elder Road and Hillary Street, Cobridge at 3.41am on Sunday. The driver, a man, declined assessment and was left in the care of police on scene."

At the time, traffic monitoring system Inrix reported 'the traffic lights have been knocked over by the pharmacy'. The city council says that damage had not caused this morning's lights failure at the main junction at Waterloo Road - which was attributed to a 'blown fuse'.

A spokesperson for the local authority told StokeonTrentLive: "Engineers are working to assess the damage to the two poles that were hit in an accident over the weekend and resolve with a permanent fix."

We have contacted Staffordshire Police for a statement on the smash.

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