Triple fatal crash: Road safety call

CALLS have been made for urgent safety measures on one of the region's most dangerous roads after the death of a father and his two teenage sons in a horror crash.

Laurence Cawley

CALLS have been made for urgent safety measures on one of the region's most dangerous roads after the death of a father and his two teenage sons in a horror crash.

David Bocking, 43, of Halstead, and his sons Daniel, 14, and Stephen, 13, both of Potton, Bedfordshire, died in a two-car crash at Linton, near Haverhill, on the A1307 on Saturday.

They were travelling in a red Peugeot estate car which collided with a silver Volkswagen Golf at the end of a stretch of dual carriageway at about 3.30pm.


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Five other people are being treated in Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. A 39-year-old woman and an eight-year-old girl from the Peugeot were last described as being in a critical condition.

The further three people were travelling in the VW Golf when the collision happened. A 60-year-old man is thought to be in a critical condition, a 50-year-old woman is thought to remain in a serious condition and a 13-year-old girl was last said to be in a serious but stable condition.

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Cambridgeshire police yesterday refused to state their present condition or where the injured are from.

The deaths take the total number killed on the road this year to six and campaigners last night renewed their calls for improvements to be made.

Although no suggestion has been made that speed was involved in Saturday's collision, Tim Marks, Suffolk county councillor for Haverhill Cangle, said, in general, vehicles using the dual carriageway stretch of the road often drove above the 70mph limit.

He said: “It is a very dangerous piece of road. We want speed cameras that take an average (between two points) speed and a general limit along the whole stretch of 60mph.

“The carriageway has a lot of junctions. There should also be a crash barrier all the way through and there should be no right turns off the main road. Something has to be done.”

Jim Paice, MP for South East Cambridgeshire, called for a meeting with Cambridge County Council roads bosses.

He said he was looking for “a wholesale route review” and “significant changes” to safety measures on the road.

The road has been dubbed a “death trap” by West Suffolk MP Richard Spring, who has also called on Cambridgeshire County Council to improve safety.

John Batchelor, Cambridgeshire county councillor for the area, said the authority was working hard to improve safety on the road.

Cambridgeshire police has asked any witnesses to the collision to contact them on 0845 4564564.

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