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PICTURES: Taxi collides with traffic lights in Plymouth street

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

  • PICTURES: Taxi collides with traffic lights in Plymouth street. Pictures by Fintan Bradley

  • PICTURES: Taxi collides with traffic lights in Plymouth street. Pictures by Fintan Bradley

  • PICTURES: Taxi collides with traffic lights in Plymouth street. Pictures by Fintan Bradley

  • PICTURES: Taxi collides with traffic lights in Plymouth street. Pictures by Fintan Bradley

  • PICTURES: Taxi collides with traffic lights in Plymouth street. Pictures by Fintan Bradley

  • PICTURES: Taxi collides with traffic lights in Plymouth street. Pictures by Fintan Bradley

  • PICTURES: Taxi collides with traffic lights in Plymouth street. Pictures by Fintan Bradley

  • PICTURES: Taxi collides with traffic lights in Plymouth street. Pictures by Fintan Bradley

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ELECTRICIANS, police and firefighters were called to a road crash in Mutley last night after a taxi hit traffic lights.

A crew from nearby Greenbank fire station were called to the scene at the junction of Greenbank Road and Mutley Plain, shortly before 8.30pm on Wednesday.

The taxi had struck the traffic lights and firefighters used a spillage kit to make the vehicle and scene safe.

Witnesses say the taxi was 'grounded' and was unable to reverse off the traffic lights - with reports of smoke coming from the wheels and engine.

Technicians from Western Power were also called out to make the damaged traffic lights safe as there were exposed electrical cables.

The passenger of the taxi, an elderly lady, was offered a place to rest and a hot drink at the nearby Junction pub.

Julie Cater had just picked up her two sons from Royal Marines cadets when they saw the accident.

She said: "We were travelling home as I had just picked my eldest two sons up from Royal Marine Cadets at Stonehouse.

"We were stopped on a red light by The Junction pub, a taxi came from Greenbank area, and literally drove over the traffic lights, grounding the car.

"The driver tried to reverse off but it just smoked, as the engine was ruptured and oil was pouring out.

"The Junction pub made [the passenger] a hot drink whilst waiting for the police etc.

"I'm very proud of my sons, Fintan made no thought of his own safety as he jumped out of my car before I'd even stopped and ran across the road.

"He is currently in the process of applying for the army and has his selection in February."

Police said the taxi driver was treated briefly at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Derriford Hospital, although he did not suffer any serious injuries. His female passenger was uninjured.

If you witnessed the incident contact police on 101 quoting police log number 706 of 4/12/13.

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  • deunan_1  |  December 06 2013, 8:54AM

    "I'm very proud of my sons, Fintan made no thought of his own safety as he jumped out of my car before I'd even stopped and ran across the road" great, go bombing out across the road where a car will hit you.

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  • BarryBT  |  December 06 2013, 1:06AM

    I can categorically state that I have seen tower cab taxis, not just one or two but several, driving like lunatics. It;s about time this company was boycotted as it's only a matter of time when Tower Cabs has blood on its hands.

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  • hello_world  |  December 05 2013, 3:29PM

    Couldn't they change it to a roundabout?

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  • LucianVP  |  December 05 2013, 3:17PM

    There are too many stupid drivers not trafic lights lol

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  • BrixhamDes  |  December 05 2013, 1:50PM

    I've always said "There are too many Traffic Lights in Mutley" and at last a Taxi driver agrees with me!

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  • Jannercide2  |  December 05 2013, 11:04AM

    @Bonqerz In fairness most of them don't even know the rules of the road.

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  • Bonqerz  |  December 05 2013, 11:03AM

    I suppose the reason that no taxi drivers are held accountable is because the police no longer have the resources to monitor traffic violations. I don't remember the last time I saw a police car pull over someone for poor driving. I like the idea they have in Russia where nearly everyone has car cameras and they post examples of poor driving online. Then maybe the council will reconsider offering its licenses so willy nilly.

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  • Reeder  |  December 05 2013, 10:27AM

    Wow, a taxi driver has an accident, what a surprise. When will the authorities do something about the poor driving standards shown by a vast number of taxi drivers. They have no consideration to others preferring instead to be as selfish as they possible can be on the roads.

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  • Bonqerz  |  December 05 2013, 10:19AM

    ON a daily basis, the worst drivers that I see are taxi drivers. The vast majority seem to think that the rules of the road do not apply to them.

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  • evs72  |  December 05 2013, 9:01AM

    great professional taxi driving seen again in Plymouth.lol

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