Call for road safety improvements

By Liz HearnshawANGRY campaigners have stepped up their demand for action after a third motorist was killed in as many years on a notorious stretch of road.

By Liz Hearnshaw

ANGRY campaigners have stepped up their demand for action after a third motorist was killed in as many years on a notorious stretch of road.

Harry Stevens, 70, from Thetford, died when his Toyota Corolla was involved in a collision with a white Rover 600, carrying a woman and four children, on the A134.

Three of the injured people were taken to the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds following the crash, and medics described their condition yesterday as “comfortable and stable”.


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One of the children was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and was in a “stable” condition yesterday, while a fourth youngster escaped uninjured.

The accident happened on Thursday between Ingham and Barnham, on the same stretch of road that claimed two victims in previous accidents.

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Gareth Davies, 47, from Little Waldingfield, was killed last May when his silver Ford Mondeo collided with a lorry on the A134.

His car came to rest just yards from a memorial plaque, marking the spot where 30-year-old father-of-one Paul Bailey died following an accident in 2000.

The latest crash has sparked further calls for safety improvements from villagers, who urged highways bosses to examine safety on the road again.

Tim Root, chairman of Ingham Parish Council, said: “We have had a number of serious accidents in recent months and several fatalities, and this is another tragedy.

“The roadway does need looking at as it is taking increasing volumes of traffic, especially as proposals for a Thetford southern link road would funnel even more vehicles along the A134.”

He added: “The A134 in recent months is becoming increasingly more dangerous, and we live with it on a daily basis.

“Suffolk County Council need to have a look at the situation, bearing in mind the proposals for the southern link road. With more and more traffic travelling along the A134, we fear for the safety of its users.

“And our sympathies go to the families involved, both of the person killed and those who have been injured.”

But Rod Sore, team leader for safety and signals at Suffolk County Council, said there was no indication of a problem with the road.

“The police investigation into the accident is under way, but it is to early to speculate on the outcome,” he added.

“We will work with the police to see if there are any implications as far as the highway is concerned, but at this stage there is no indication of any problem with the road.

“If people have particular concerns, they are welcome to write in to the county council expressing those concerns.”

n A man was taken to the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds after his blue Ford Escort overturned and landed on its roof.

The man suffered suspected lower back injuries in the accident, which happened on the A1088 at Elmswell shortly after 7am yesterday.

liz.hearnshaw@eadt.co.uk

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