Call for road improvements after crash

By Lisa CleverdonURGENT action has been called for along a notorious stretch of road after a man was left fighting for his life following a car crash.

By Lisa Cleverdon

URGENT action has been called for along a notorious stretch of road after a man was left fighting for his life following a car crash.

The 21-year-old, from Haverhill, was taken to hospital suffering from serious head injuries after he was thrown from his car following an accident on the A1307.

His Rover 418 left the road between Linton and Haverhill at about 12.30am on Saturday and collided with two trees before rebounding back on to the carriageway.


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He was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, and was described last night as being in a critical, but stable condition.

Gerry Kiernan, the St Edmundsbury borough councillor for Haverhill, said: “It is really sad every time it happens.

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“There is no doubt that the accident record on that road is appalling, but one of the problems is that there are so many different areas where there have been accidents.

“I think Cambridgeshire County Council needs to be looking at safety improvements along the whole stretch of the road as a matter of urgency.

“The road is getting busier all the time and it is simply not an option to do nothing. There will continue to be accidents until something is done.”

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council said it took every accident on that stretch of road seriously and recognised it was an accident cluster site.

“We have been investigating ways in which we can reduce accidents along the road and later this year we will be putting up interactive signs warning drivers of the dangers of speeding,” he said.

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: “We are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time of the crash, who may have seen something, to get in contact.

“We are also trying to build up a picture of the minutes leading up to the collision, so we would urge people to call us.”

Anyone with information should contact Pc Andy Dodd, of Cambridgeshire police, on 08454 564564.

lisa.cleverdon@eadt.co.uk

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