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30-year-old man from Churchdown dies after crash on A48 near Blakeney

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 18, 2014

The A48 near Lydney

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A driver has died after a collision on the A48 between Lydney and Blakeney today.

A black Seat Leon driven by a 30-year-old man from Churchdown was travelling along the A48 towards Gloucester when it left the road and collided with trees at around 10.45am.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner and the driver’s next of kin have been informed.

The road was closed in both directions for several hours while police dealt with the crash.

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The incident is the third death on the road in as many weeks.

Tania Manka and Shayne Witts, both from Lydney, were killed at Lensbrook in a crash on December 27, prompting calls form civic leaders to improve safety along the A48.

Signs along the roadside show there have been 52 casualties there in the past three years.

Councillors from Lydney met with Highways officials on December 31 to raise their concerns.

Villagers from Woolaston have also backed the move, demanding something changes following four deaths along a stretch of the A48 just a few hundred metres long since 2003.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 128 of January 18.

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  • thestig2  |  January 20 2014, 5:46PM

    AnaGWillis have some respect and don't spout your spam con sites on a site that shows how someone just died. people like you make us sick.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 19 2014, 1:45PM

    "diesel and deposits on the road but that only explains 0.8 per cent of fatal accidents" police figures here... But again thestig2 the cyclist is not an issue it's the driver that swerved to avoid the cyclist that is at fault if the cyclist is just progressing, again it's not the road's fault. Just to let you know I've driven that road more times than I care to mention in heavy rain and when the fields have been ploughed or crops harvested I know to take extra care by slowing down and leaving a larger distance to the vehicle in front ! Remember a 50mph speed limit doesn't mean you have to do 50mph, it doesn't mean it's safe to do 50mph, you can be prosecuted for driving at 50mph in a 50mph limit is it's unsafe to do so!

  • ladygray  |  January 19 2014, 1:36PM

    Thankyou thestig2 and andyglos thats what I was trying to say. For some reason Glosanarhy thinks he can say what he likes. R.I.P to the young man and thoughts with his family.

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  • thestig2  |  January 19 2014, 1:17PM

    firstly i like say RIP to poor driver lost his life and sorrow to his family. secondly why are people jumping to speed as problem. my mate lost his life there 4 rs ago, not speeding but **** off farm vehicles on road and he lost control. if any one knew this road you know that is is bad in wet conditions due to oils, diesel from lorries and bad sun glare to. but what if the car on other side swerved for a bike ect. many things could be to blame so stop jumping to conclusions.

  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 19 2014, 12:42PM

    andyglos I respect your comment and I would like you to respect my rights to comment not on the specifics of this accident but on fatal accidents in general. Please read the first sentence of my first comment. I've lost too many friends due to fatal accidents and not one of them was down to a "bad road" or a "defective vehicle" in all cases it's been down to a driver, so I get rather peed off when people (including councilors who should know better) say it's down to the road when the police have proven this not to be true!

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  • andyglos  |  January 19 2014, 12:22PM

    I think it would be best for all concerned if you decided it was best to shut the hell up now

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  • ladygray  |  January 19 2014, 11:07AM

    To the previous poster. You cannot speculate as to how the accident occurred.

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