Burnley dad hospitalised after cutting head on bus sign

CUT FOREHEAD: Derek Theodore suffered a head injury after walking into the Springfield Bank bus stop sign in Plumbe Street.
CUT FOREHEAD: Derek Theodore suffered a head injury after walking into the Springfield Bank bus stop sign in Plumbe Street.

A FATHER-OF-THREE suffered a huge cut after smashing his head on a low-hanging Burnley bus stop sign.

Derek Theodore (41) sliced his forehead open on the sharp metal Springfield Bank bus stop sign as he walked home in the dark two weeks ago.

Derek, who lives in Coal Street, said it was crazy that the sign was positioned at just 5ft. 7in. off the pavement along Plumbe Street. The accident has left him with a large cut across his forehead.

He said: “I was just walking along and came to an abrupt stop and hit the floor. I didn’t know what had happened.

“I got up off the floor but I was blinded by blood.”

Paramedics were called at 10-50pm to treat Derek, but the wound was so bad he was taken to Burnley General Hospital.

The 10cm gash had to be glued back together and doctors kept Derek in overnight because he had concussion.

Now Derek wants Lancashire County Council to remove the bus stop sign to stop more people being injured.

He said: “It is a ridiculous place to put a sign. It is not a new sign – it looks like it has been there for a while.

“It is not the sort of place you would expect to see a sign. It is crazy. I could easily have been blinded.”

Duncan Reeve, public realm manager for East Lancashire, said: “Following the notification of the incident, an officer was sent out to Plumbe Street to investigate.

“As the sign was lower than the prescribed minimum height, it was removed immediately. Further inquiries are being made.”