15:17 Monday 02 December 2013

Calls on highways chiefs to improve road safety


TWO councillors are to take their concerns to highways officials over safety on a stretch of road a day after a serious crash involving three cars.

Kevin Richards and Sean Bambrick, who both represent Stanton and Newhall on South Derbyshire District Council, are to contact Derbyshire County Council to raise the issue of safety improvements in Woodland Road, Stanton.

It comes after firefighters had to cut the roofs off two cars to rescue two people after a crash involving a Fiesta, Focus and a Citreon Picasso, on the road, on Sunday night.

Fire crews from Swadlincote and Burton, as well as ambulances and police were on the scene at 4.06pm outside The Gate Inn pub, on the busy A444.

Those involved miraculously escaped with just minor injuries with two patients being taken to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital and one to Royal Derby Hospital.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) did not have information on ages or injuries suffered.

Councillors Richards and Bambrick, who also represents the area under Swadlincote North on the county council, said they would look to see what can be done.

Councillor Bambrick said: “There is a speed indicator going down towards The Gate Inn but the problem is at the top where the road narrows down. It really needs a speed indicator maybe at the top of the hill.

“Coming down the hill there is a speed camera but then you can pick up speed going down the hill.

“We will talk to the county council and see if there are any safety measures which can be put in place.”

It is not year clear how the crash happened but firefighters from Swadlincote and Burton had to work to remove the roofs of two cars as the motorists were trapped by their injuries.

Traffic travelling to Swadlincote was at a standstill, while police had closed the road at Cadley Hill island in the direction of Burton.

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