A nasty accident that caused miles of tailbacks has prompted calls for traffic calming measures.

Shortly after 8am on Monday morning a man was hit by a car on King Heads Hill in Chingford, at the junction of Sewardstone Road by McDonald's.

People rushed out of their houses with blankets to help the pedestrian as he lay in the middle of the road.

Thankfully doctors judged the man's injuries to be relatively minor when he arrived at an East London Hospital.

The fact that the accident took place, and the way in which motorists responded, has left one man deeply concerned.

With frustrations beginning to rise among those stuck in a traffic jam stretching to Waltham Abbey to the north and the North Circular to the south, some drivers made the decision to manoeuvre their vehicles onto the pavement to get round the injured man.

Epping Forest Guardian:

Brian Fowler, who lives close to the crash scene, said: "It was pretty horrendous.

"Lorries were driving on to the pavement to get past while he was still lying in the road. At one stage I thought he might be dead

"There have been some bad accidents along here. I have lived here for 25 years and this is one of the worst accidents that I have seen."

While the man's injuries were not as bad as they first seemed, the road remains a notorious crash hotspot.

In the past ten years there have been 31 recorded crashes on the Sewardstone Road/Kings Head Hill junction, including two fatalities.

The 73-year-old Mr Fowler was involved in one himself; a dramatic incident that made the front page of The Guardian.

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He said: "I was in the paper before when a young lad was pulled into the road by his dog.

"I was crossing with my little Yorkshire terrier. I could see he wasn't going to stop and rushed into the road.

"I managed to get us both to other side before a car hit us, but we both knocked ourselves out on the curb."

According to the former Waltham Forest Council worker the McDonald's car park is not big enough, meaning customers use nearby streets as a spillover.

Epping Forest Guardian:

This causes the road to narrow, exasperating what is already a difficult place to turn and leading people to drive off the carriageway.

The council did attempt to stop the pavement problem by installing ornamental bollards several years ago, but they were quickly knocked down.

Mr Fowler said: "It is really horrendous down here.

"If the council doesn't do something I am worried more people will get seriously hurt or worse, killed."

Waltham Forest Council was contacted for comment.