15:37 Wednesday 30 October 2013

Second crash on A38 stresses need for safety

Written byHELEN KREFT

‘TOO many families are grieving over loved ones’ a councillor has stressed, making a clear case for A38 safety improvements after a second crash in just two days.

Conor Wileman, who represents Burton Tower on Staffordshire County Council, spoke out after Christopher Shaun Parrish died when his van crashed into the back of a lorry between Claymills and Branston on the southbound carriageway of the A38 on Monday.

The tragic incident brought Burton to a standstill while the A38 was closed for eight hours.

Just yesterday, four cars were involved in a crash at the A38 sliproad near Toyota. One person was taken to Royal Derby Hospital with neck and spinal injuries.

The Highways Agency will make ‘much needed’ signage improvements between Barton under Needwood and Clay Mills and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin backed proposals meaning cars will only be allowed to travel at 60mph between the Branston and Barton junctions.

It follows on from a campaign led by Burton MP Andrew Griffiths which saw gaps in the central reservation closed, following the death of two sisters last year.

Councillor Wileman said: “I think too many families are grieving over loved ones and that is the most important thing so we can’t just stand there and not do anything about it. We must see if anything else can be done.

“(The accident) drives the case for reducing speed, it has to be.

“People are grieving but also every time there is a crash the traffic in Burton is at gridlock.

“If you lower the speed, you can reduce accidents, and Burton would be congested but wouldn’t be at so much of a standstill.”

The councillor said there are three ways it could be done which include speed cameras - which are already being looked into, mobile speed cameras and chevrons.

- Meanwhile a 74-year-old man remains in hospital after his Citroen Berlingo crashed through a hedge and rolled into a field at 2.35pm in Heath End Lane, Calke, yesterday.

He was airlifted to hospital.

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