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Mum's horror after son, 12, left needing surgery after incident on his way to school

A mum is urging action to reduce “frightening” speeding at a street in Heywood after her 12-year-old son was knocked down on the way to school.

Middleton Road has been dubbed “very dangerous” and concerned locals say it is “only a matter of time” before a fatality is reported after the boy was struck down by a vehicle on the way to school.

The mum, Caroline, issued the plea after she received the harrowing phone call from a friend. Recalling the terrifying moment, she said: “I got a phone call telling me he’d been knocked down and I had no idea at that moment the situation or whether he was dead.”

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The incident occurred at around 8am on March 22 on Middleton Road, which resulted in her young son being taken to hospital and sustaining a broken ankle that required surgery. He is currently recovering at home.

Caroline, 39, said: “His injury could have been a lot worse as another car was close to hitting him. We could have been that family who received the awful news and we were very lucky we weren’t but somebody is going to die from an incident if something isn’t done soon.”

She added: “My son will get better but at some point there will be a child who won’t recover from such an incident. It is only a matter of time before somebody is going to get killed - it's a death waiting to happen.”

Caroline has since started a petition to call upon local authorities to take “immediate action” on the 30mph road and install a pedestrian crossing, speed limit reductions, traffic calming measures or any other effective solutions that can ensure residents safety while crossing the road.

The petition has garnered over 200 signatures as the page says “our community

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