A PETITION has been started calling for working speed cameras and extra measures to help stop speeding on the busy Thorns Road where a young woman lost her life on Friday.

The petition, on the Change.org website, comes after a 20-year-old woman was killed while using the pedestrian crossing on the notorious dual carriageway in Quarry Bank.

Onlookers rushed to try to save the woman’s life – with members of the public giving CPR while awaiting paramedics – but she died at the scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it desptached two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, with the first ambulance arriving within six minutes, but a spokesperson added: “Sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, the woman’s injuries meant she could not be saved and she was confirmed dead at the scene.”

The tragedy, which happened at around 8pm on Friday September 29, has prompted renewed calls for improved safety on the road which runs alongside Thorns Primary School and Stevens Park.

Residents in the area said they have written to Stourbridge MP Suzanne Webb calling for action and a petition has been started – and it has already gathered nearly 500 signatures.

The petition calls for working speed cameras and additional measures “to combat the alarming and uncontrollable speeding offenses in Quarry Bank”.

A note on the Change.org website states: “Thorns Road is the lifeblood of our neighbourhood, home to three schools, a public park, a doctor's clinic, and several leisure facilities. Yet, the reckless speeding incidents on this road have led to countless accidents, injuries, and tragic deaths. Our community is under considerable stress, and we cannot let this continue. Our community deserves better, and our children deserve to grow up in a safe environment.”

Quarry Bank councillor Chris Barnett said of Friday's tragedy: “I was deeply saddened to hear that another pedestrian has lost their life in an accident with a car on Thorns Road.

“The residents of Quarry Bank are very angry about it. They feel that Dudley Council has not done enough to protect people from harm.

“It's a blackspot for accidents, numerous lives have been lost over the last five decades. It's high time Dudley Council redesigned this road and built in measures to prioritise the safety of pedestrians.”

An 18-year-old man was arrested after the incident, on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop and driving while unfit through drink or drugs, after he handed himself in at a police station.

He has, however, since been released on bail, police confirmed today (Monday).

West Midlands Police said officers have been examining CCTV and speaking to witnesses to establish what happened, and they urged anyone with information who has not yet come forward to contact them by calling 1010 or via Live Chat on the force website, quoting log 4547 of 29/9.