A CAMPAIGNER fears it is only a matter of time before someone else is killed along a notorious stretch of road near Burton following an accident that sparked a gas leak and saw homes evacuated.
Following the incident on Sunday night which saw a car plough into front garden on the B5016, near Yoxall, and hit a gas main, Andy Henshaw, who lives opposite the crash site, said measures needed to be introduced to help reduce the number of accidents along the stretch.
Mr Henshaw said speeding has been an issue along the road for more than a decade, in which time a number of high-profile incidents have happened, including the deaths of two motorcyclist friends in 2010.
Thomas Pegg, 17, of Henhurst Hill, Burton, and James Lambert, 24, of Park Lane, Tutbury, both died following a collision between their motorcycles, while neighbours reeled off a number of other incidents along the stretch between Barton under Needwood and Yoxall in recent years.
Mr Henshaw has contacted MP Michael Fabricant, who represents the area, regarding the issue and is hopeful the latest incident will force safety experts to take decisive action.
Residents have called for the speed limit - which is currently 50mph - to be reduced and have suggested speed humps and cameras as other possible safety measures to be introduced.
Mr Henshaw said: “This has been an issue for many years now. I have been conversing with Michael Fabricant and he has been very supportive.
“I have been here for 11 years and I have seen three deaths, but I don’t think anybody listens.
“How many deaths do you want on this piece of road before somebody listens? I have two children and they walk along the grass verges. At 8.30 in the morning it’s like trying to cross the M6. Every time my children walk down there I’m glad when they come back in the door.”
Scott Williams, who rushed to the aid of the stricken motorist, who had crashed into his garden, believes the current speed restrictions that are in place don’t make much difference.
He concurs that something needs to be done and said Sunday’s incident could have been much worse with nearby houses sitting right on the roadside.
He said: We’re alright because our house is further back off the road, but it could have been in the front room of one of the others.
“It says 50, but people are doing 70 or 80mph.”