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Call for action on A48 after Churchdown man dies in crash between Lydney and Blakeney

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

SCENE OF TRAGEDY:   Recovery workers on the A48 between Blakeney and Lydney.

SCENE OF TRAGEDY: Recovery workers on the A48 between Blakeney and Lydney.

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ANOTHER life was lost on the A48 this weekend when a driver left the road crashing into trees.

A 30-year-old man from Churchdown was driving a black Seat Leon towards Gloucester when the crash happened at 10.45am on Saturday between Lydney and Blakeney.

He 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. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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His death is the third on the A48 in as many weeks.

Resident Marian Smith, of Blakeney, said: "It is a great shame to hear about the victim.

"I don't think speed is an issue because most of the limits are set to 40 and 50 and 30 in some places but people need to abide by them.

"Another issue we have is lorries using the A48 road. They do not want to pay the charge on the bridge so they use this road and hold traffic up.

"Making this stretch of road safe is very a complex issue."

Tania Manka and Shayne Witts, both from Lydney, were killed at Lensbrook in a crash on December 27. Grandmother Tania, 46, and her partner Shayne, 29, died when their silver Peugeot collided with a car driven by a 72-year-old woman on the A48 in Lensbrook, near Lydney. Their deaths prompted calls from civic leaders in the area to improve safety there.

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

Alan Preest, a Lydney town councillor and also a UKIP county councillor for the ward, has met with Gloucestershire Highways to discuss the issue. "What a shame to hear about this victim. He had his whole life ahead of him," he said.

"I will be getting in touch with the highways again this week. The road between Lydney and Blakeney is frustrating because it only turns into a double carriageway for a certain few miles so people can overtake."

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

Residents 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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  • MentalBeaver  |  January 22 2014, 11:58AM

    "..unless you get behind the I'll stick to 37-40mph at all times even in the 30mph limits..." - As in if you get stuck behind someone that drives at 37-40mph at all times. He wasn't saying he does this.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  January 21 2014, 10:34PM

    GlosAnarchy "I'll stick to 37-40mph at all times even in the 30mph limits" that shows a lot regarding your mentality and your right to comment on this accident.

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  • spindles12  |  January 20 2014, 11:08PM

    Unbelievable! Not only have we had Sandra and Darlene but Hellen's crawled out from under her stone as well. It's good that the other two have been removed but surely there must be a way of stopping them posting in the first place rather than waiting until they've done it?

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  • spindles12  |  January 20 2014, 8:17PM

    Nothing to do with the accident but I think that SandraLCramer and DarleneJKlein should get together because it's obvious that Sandra's aunt isn't making as much money as Darlene's. For Heaven's sake, when is someone on this website going to do something about these parasites infesting just about every subject? It doesn't matter that this is a page about a fatal accident, they still creep out from under their stones to peddle their adverts.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 20 2014, 6:09PM

    John68585 there are SOLID white lines at the point where the vehicle ended up. Remember this is being reported as a single vehicle accident. The point of the accident is not on the brow of a hill but is on a uphill strait towards a left corner, then up to the brow of the hill followed by Nibbley Crossroads. Looking Southwest from Lensbrook Lane some 100m Northeast of the resting position of the car you can see past the bottom of the valley and part way up the next hill. I have no problem with this part of road and drive it often. I would agree with you on your comments on overtaking most of the time it's just not worth it unless you get behind the I'll stick to 37-40mph at all times even in the 30mph limits, but then you would have no problems overtaking at this point as the speed limit is 60mph.

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  • John68585  |  January 20 2014, 3:37PM

    GlosAnarchy I didn't say anything about the bend or a narrow road, the reason I think the opportunity to overtake is a bad idea is because of the location on the brow of a hill before the bend where this appears to have happened. So when someone has just overtaken another vehicle in a short space they tend to be going too fast. Not saying this is what happened in this case I just think these short overtaking opportunity's are a bad idea and there is no real advantage to having them because in most cases it only saves drivers a few seconds.

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  • forester_girl  |  January 20 2014, 3:17PM

    I can assure you they wouldn't want the world seeing it. As Im sure if it was your relative/husband/wife you wouldn't wish for it to be a media circus of 'its speed, stick speed cameas up and make some money' yourself

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 20 2014, 3:03PM

    John68585 "Road layout (e.g. bend, hill, narrow carriageway)" cause 3.2% of fatal accidents if you have a read of the document I posted a link to it gives a detailed breakdown of accident causes. As the title suggests it's a lack of driving skills that cause most fatal accidents! Maybe all new drivers aught to be shown graphic pictures of the results of fatal accidents dead bodies and all as part of their learning to drive!

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  • John68585  |  January 20 2014, 2:37PM

    The best thing they could do to that bit of road is remove the opportunity to overtake on the hill just outside Blakeney.

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  • lewipaul  |  January 20 2014, 2:30PM

    Actually FOREST GIRL, they probably would want to see it, in the same way they will probably travel to the very spot and lay flowers as is customary these days.

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