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A48 death crash victims named locally as Tania Manka and Shayne Witts

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 29, 2013

A48 death crash victims named locally as Tania Manka and Shayne Witts

The scene of the crash on the A48

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TWO people have been killed on one of Gloucestershire’s most dangerous roads.

The victims, named locally as Tania Manka and Shayne Witts, were killed when their car collided with another on the A48 at Lensbrook during wet and windy conditions on Friday afternoon.

Shayne, 29, and Tania, 46, both from Lydney, died at the scene in their Peugeot, while a 72-year-old woman in the other car, a Mitsubishi, was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol with life-threatening injuries and remains in a serious condition.

The cause of the accident is not known and a police investigation is ongoing.

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Yesterday, a shop worker at the Orchard Food and Wine Shop, near to Tania’s home in Summerleaze, said: “I knew of Tania. It’s terrible what has happened, especially with the time of year, so soon after Christmas.”

Road closures were in place for five hours while a full collision investigation was carried out.

An inquest is expected to be opened by the Gloucestershire Coroner’s Service to determine the reasons behind the crash.

There have been 52 casualties on the A48 in just three years according to roadside signs that warn drivers about the dangers of the major route.

Some residents living nearby have said the speed limit should be reduced.

One described the corner as “not good” and said people use the road as “a race track”.

But another resident said reconsidering the speed limit would not stop those who already break the law and speed there.

County councillor Alan Preest (UKIP, Lydney) said: “‘It is an awful road, a very fast road. It’s terrible that it has happened at this time of year and everyone has to take care at Christmas, whether that’s speed or drinking or drugs.

“It’s notorious that road. Perhaps we need a lower speed limit but perhaps we need more policing out there on these fast stretches of road.

“It’s a very frustrating road because the way it is designed is for no overtaking and one of few places to overtake is between Blakeney and Lydney. Having police visible would urge people to slow down. I’m working with the county council to get some vehicle activated signs on the outskirts of Lydney and perhaps we need to get some on the approach too.”

Anyone who witnessed the collision but hasn’t spoken to police should call 101, quoting incident 347 of December 27.

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  • forestsamm  |  January 16 2014, 12:10AM

    So sad. Rip Tayna. My thoughts are with Tasha, Luke and Lauren

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  • lozelauren89  |  January 08 2014, 10:47PM

    Rip mum still cant believe ur gone xx rip shays

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  • Walker100b  |  December 31 2013, 4:46PM

    I would suggest that one reason some (and I'm not suggesting it is a factor in this case) speed along this road is the delays that are regularly caused along it. It is high time that a further Severn crossing was built that connected with the A38 junction on the other side of the river adjacent to the M5 Junction. Rather than wasting money on the Over Roundabout (increasing traffic flow will just exacerbate problems elsewhere) take a lot of the traffic away with this Gloucester by-pass plan.

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  • agaga  |  December 31 2013, 9:50AM

    Roads aren't dangerous

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  • LydneyBob  |  December 30 2013, 8:08AM

    Another major problem with the A48 is the extra traffic created by those avoiding excessive Severn Bridge tolls.

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  • Aletheia  |  December 29 2013, 10:23PM

    Why, when there is a serious accident, do local residents always keep suggesting that a speed limit is necessary when they don't even know the cause. It makes no sense.

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  • John68585  |  December 29 2013, 10:18PM

    RIP Tania and Shayne :-(

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