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“We cannot ignore the road is killing people”

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

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A BURTON woman who tried to save the life of a motorcyclist killed by a lorry on the same stretch of road which claimed the life of Keith Poynton has said something needs to be done.

Trudy Clements was devastated to learn that engineering director, Mr Poynton, of Briggs of Burton, died on Friday night after the Ferrari he was driving hit a tree head-on in Caldwell Road, Linton.

Not only was Keith her husband’s second cousin, but the tragic accident happened two years and a week to the day that she saw Thomas Higgs lying in a hedge after being struck by a lorry.

Despite her attempts to resuscitate Mr Higgs, paramedics later pronounced him dead at the scene.

Now she says the road must not claim another life and is calling on the council to improve safety.

She said: “We heard about (Mr Poynton’s accident) on Saturday and were just devastated because I know Keith but it is also two years and one week since Tom’s death happened on the same road.

“One life is too many anyway, and now there are two.

“There are no speed restrictions that calm the traffic. People use it as a short cut road and people do go too fast. I have probably exceeded the speed limit at times because it is easy to do.”

Mrs Clements believes speed humps could be installed along the stretch which could lower speeds of motorists before they reach the notoriously tight corners.

“The council should do something,” she said. “There could be speed humps because if you just lower the speed limit people will still exceed it, but is so easy for people to put their foot down without realising how windy that road is. It is only when you come to that dangerous bend. It is horrendous.

“Chevron signs are important to drivers who adhere to them.

“It is too late to save Keith but the council cannot ignore the road is killing people.”

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