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Man dies in A38 road smash involving double-decker bus and Land Rover

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 26, 2014

The crash scene on the A38 at Norton

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AN ELDERLY man from Churchdown died after his vehicle was involved in a horrific crash with a double-decker bus in Norton.

The 76-year-old was travelling along the A38, between Down Hatherley Lane and Coombe Hill, when the collision took place on Monday evening.

He died while being taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Members of the community reacted with sadness at news of the fatal collision.

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Tony Pink, 40, who lives along the A38 at Norton, said: “It is a terrible thing that has happened and we really feel for the family of the man who has died.”

Mr Pink, who has his own plant hire company, added that there were long-running concerns about the safety of the road. He added: “People living along the road have kept a log of incidents, many of which are too minor to be reported to the police and there have been five since Christmas.”

The incident took place at around 6.15pm on Monday.

The victim was travelling in a blue Land Rover Discovery towards Tewkesbury when he collided with a double-decker bus travelling towards Gloucester.

Passengers in the Land Rover and on the bus were unhurt in the incident.

The victim’s next of kin and coroner have been informed of his death.

David Cooper, clerk to Norton Parish Council, said: “It is very sad to hear this has happened.

“I heard the sirens and it wasn’t a nice to think a serious accident had taken place.

“Stretches of that road are quite difficult, where it narrows down and there are bends, but it just depends on the circumstances.

“Obviously we will wait and see what the causes of the collision were before making any comment about whether it was down to the road.

“At the moment I would just like to express condolences to the family.”

The busy route was closed until 12.15am yesterday as officers carried out their investigations at the scene.

Police are looking for anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward if they have not already spoken to police.

Anyone with information can contact officers on 101, quoting incident 388 of February 24.

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