Rickmansworth Road crash: Police officers taken to hospital following car crash

Watford Observer: Picture by Gordon Enstone Picture by Gordon Enstone

Part of a main Watford road is currently closed after a police car collided with another car this morning.

The incident happened on Observer Drive at about 8.30am.

Two police officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary were taken to hospital after the collision, and the driver of the other vehicle is said to have "slight injuries".

The road is currently closed between Tolpits Lane, the bottom of Rickmansworth Road and the junction with The Chase.

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10:53am Fri 23 May 14

andy710 says...

Happened at 09:30 and its only a matter of time that the Police actually kill someone, the way they drive up and down this road...
Happened at 09:30 and its only a matter of time that the Police actually kill someone, the way they drive up and down this road... andy710
  • Score: -7

11:23am Fri 23 May 14

Traveller Tom McD says...

andy710 wrote:
Happened at 09:30 and its only a matter of time that the Police actually kill someone, the way they drive up and down this road...
Or maybe save someone....people are too slow or aloof to get out of the way of emergency vehicles...they drive fast with blue lights on for a reason
[quote][p][bold]andy710[/bold] wrote: Happened at 09:30 and its only a matter of time that the Police actually kill someone, the way they drive up and down this road...[/p][/quote]Or maybe save someone....people are too slow or aloof to get out of the way of emergency vehicles...they drive fast with blue lights on for a reason Traveller Tom McD
  • Score: 23

11:38am Fri 23 May 14

andy710 says...

I appreciate that there is need to get to 999 call asap, but did you witness the way the person was driving up the wrong side of the road like I did?
Traffic officers driving is to a excellent standard, Local area car drivers I suggest are not trained to the highest level.
I appreciate that there is need to get to 999 call asap, but did you witness the way the person was driving up the wrong side of the road like I did? Traffic officers driving is to a excellent standard, Local area car drivers I suggest are not trained to the highest level. andy710
  • Score: 9

11:59am Fri 23 May 14

inside-watford says...

For a moment I thought it was the same car as the St Albans Rd crash nearly 2 months ago. There is one letter difference between the two cars numberplate's. ... clearly I need to get out more.
For a moment I thought it was the same car as the St Albans Rd crash nearly 2 months ago. There is one letter difference between the two cars numberplate's. ... clearly I need to get out more. inside-watford
  • Score: 11

9:52pm Fri 23 May 14

croxleyite says...

I am an ex police officer and have seen the way some area car drivers operate. Not good at all! In fact when i was in the met I witnessed 3 area cars crash into each other on the same shout! I hope the civilian involved makes a hefty claim! Sorry to see no comments as to the well being of the innocent member of the public who was involved?
I am an ex police officer and have seen the way some area car drivers operate. Not good at all! In fact when i was in the met I witnessed 3 area cars crash into each other on the same shout! I hope the civilian involved makes a hefty claim! Sorry to see no comments as to the well being of the innocent member of the public who was involved? croxleyite
  • Score: 2

4:14pm Sat 24 May 14

JimBob1 says...

croxleyite wrote:
I am an ex police officer and have seen the way some area car drivers operate. Not good at all! In fact when i was in the met I witnessed 3 area cars crash into each other on the same shout! I hope the civilian involved makes a hefty claim! Sorry to see no comments as to the well being of the innocent member of the public who was involved?
While I hope no one has lasting injuries what makes you think they're innocent? Too many people drive with blinkers on, ignoring the evidence of their own eyes and ears because they don't expect the unexpected. There's no other way up Rickmansworth Rd than crossing into oncoming traffic for emergency vehicles in large parts. I've been poor driving by police officers on shouts but many times more from members of the public reacting to them.
[quote][p][bold]croxleyite[/bold] wrote: I am an ex police officer and have seen the way some area car drivers operate. Not good at all! In fact when i was in the met I witnessed 3 area cars crash into each other on the same shout! I hope the civilian involved makes a hefty claim! Sorry to see no comments as to the well being of the innocent member of the public who was involved?[/p][/quote]While I hope no one has lasting injuries what makes you think they're innocent? Too many people drive with blinkers on, ignoring the evidence of their own eyes and ears because they don't expect the unexpected. There's no other way up Rickmansworth Rd than crossing into oncoming traffic for emergency vehicles in large parts. I've been poor driving by police officers on shouts but many times more from members of the public reacting to them. JimBob1
  • Score: 0

11:58pm Sat 24 May 14

adamwatford says...

croxleyite wrote:
I am an ex police officer and have seen the way some area car drivers operate. Not good at all! In fact when i was in the met I witnessed 3 area cars crash into each other on the same shout! I hope the civilian involved makes a hefty claim! Sorry to see no comments as to the well being of the innocent member of the public who was involved?
Croxleyite this is my vehicle. My wife was driving and is not in a good way, obviously with the physical strain of the accident and the fact that being hit by a PV creates a huge amount of stress. The fact remains she was hit at high speed whilst the PV was overtaking traffic that was stationary. The interest of public safety needs to be addressed here. At which point should a police officer risk public safety to reach a 999 call. The fact remains that a collision of this magnitude striking the driver or passenger door would have resulted in death opens up a very large can of worms in my POV.
[quote][p][bold]croxleyite[/bold] wrote: I am an ex police officer and have seen the way some area car drivers operate. Not good at all! In fact when i was in the met I witnessed 3 area cars crash into each other on the same shout! I hope the civilian involved makes a hefty claim! Sorry to see no comments as to the well being of the innocent member of the public who was involved?[/p][/quote]Croxleyite this is my vehicle. My wife was driving and is not in a good way, obviously with the physical strain of the accident and the fact that being hit by a PV creates a huge amount of stress. The fact remains she was hit at high speed whilst the PV was overtaking traffic that was stationary. The interest of public safety needs to be addressed here. At which point should a police officer risk public safety to reach a 999 call. The fact remains that a collision of this magnitude striking the driver or passenger door would have resulted in death opens up a very large can of worms in my POV. adamwatford
  • Score: 0

10:33am Sun 25 May 14

pr76uk says...

I note that this is a nearside-to-nearside crash. Normally only happens when someone is turning right and doesn't see an oncoming vehicle.
I note that this is a nearside-to-nearside crash. Normally only happens when someone is turning right and doesn't see an oncoming vehicle. pr76uk
  • Score: 0

10:49am Sun 25 May 14

D_Penn says...

I have been aware of many traffic collision issues on the Rickmansworth Road in recent times. The addition of the traffic lights a few years ago at the Rickmansworth Road / Hagden Lane junction has made the road much more dangerous than it was before.

The Ricky Road is an important access route to and from Watford, but nowadays it is often clogged with traffic. Emergency vehicles are always struggling to get through and they always have the problem of having to balance urgency with caution.

For me, the blame for these incidents lies squarely with the highways department at County Hall. When they were discussing putting in traffic lights at the junction I tried to convince them that it would cause nothing but traffic queues causing problems for cyclists, motorists and emergency vehicles for whom the road is critical. It was clear that a mini-roundabout would have been the more effective route. They insisted that it would not be a safe solution.

That view now looks very hollow to me. Why do people have to suffer before those responsible admit there are problems. The Ricky Road will have future crashes and injuries because nobody listens to the opinions of those who live in the vicinity, use the road regularly can see and understand the many problems first hand.
I have been aware of many traffic collision issues on the Rickmansworth Road in recent times. The addition of the traffic lights a few years ago at the Rickmansworth Road / Hagden Lane junction has made the road much more dangerous than it was before. The Ricky Road is an important access route to and from Watford, but nowadays it is often clogged with traffic. Emergency vehicles are always struggling to get through and they always have the problem of having to balance urgency with caution. For me, the blame for these incidents lies squarely with the highways department at County Hall. When they were discussing putting in traffic lights at the junction I tried to convince them that it would cause nothing but traffic queues causing problems for cyclists, motorists and emergency vehicles for whom the road is critical. It was clear that a mini-roundabout would have been the more effective route. They insisted that it would not be a safe solution. That view now looks very hollow to me. Why do people have to suffer before those responsible admit there are problems. The Ricky Road will have future crashes and injuries because nobody listens to the opinions of those who live in the vicinity, use the road regularly can see and understand the many problems first hand. D_Penn
  • Score: 2

9:19am Mon 26 May 14

Happydays123456789 says...

The police drive as if they are gods! The person in the white car could of been deaf. You should always be able to stop in the distance you see ahead! I'd love to of heard the commentary drive as they were bombing down the road. "iv just gone passed a sign that states there is a right hand turn, so I'll just ease of the gas just in case someone emerges" clearly not and more training is required.
The police drive as if they are gods! The person in the white car could of been deaf. You should always be able to stop in the distance you see ahead! I'd love to of heard the commentary drive as they were bombing down the road. "iv just gone passed a sign that states there is a right hand turn, so I'll just ease of the gas just in case someone emerges" clearly not and more training is required. Happydays123456789
  • Score: 3

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