An­other Iveshead Road crash

Loughborough Echo - - FRONT PAGE - By Me­gan Cox megan­cox@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A COU­PLE, whose car rolled with them and their four chil­dren inside af­ter a col­li­sion at a no­to­ri­ous Shep­shed junc­tion, are on a mis­sion to get it im­proved.

Jeff Camp­bell (54) and fi­ancé Natasha Guy (40), of West Sus­sex, told the Echo they be­lieve if noth­ing is done about the Iveshead Road, Charley Road, and Abbey Road junc­tion “there will be more ac­ci­dents and fa­tal­i­ties”.

Mr Camp­bell told the Echo they were trav­el­ling with their chil­dren, whose ages range from nine to 13, to Barns­ley on Fri­day, Septem­ber 8 when a M1 di­ver­sion led them onto Charley Road.

At around 2.30pm the fam­ily, in a 4x4 Honda, and a Peu­geot 206, com­ing from the left on Abbey Road, had a col­li­sion at the junc­tion.

Mr Camp­bell told the Echo his car rolled one-and-a-half times, pos­si­bly twice, be­fore land­ing on its side.

He said: “I don’t know ex­actly how many times we rolled be­cause we were spin­ning.

“I had to kick the wind­shield out and I got us all out of the car and away.

“We thank our lucky stars we were able to walk away from it.”

Miss Guy told the Echo as well was want­ing to thank the res­i­dents who helped at the scene, in par­tic­u­lar a woman named Lisa and a care worker, she is to con­tact the county coun­cil to try and en­sure ac­ci­dents like this don’t hap­pen again.

She said: “The sat nav did not give us clear enough in­di­ca­tion that a junc­tion di­vided the road and if peo­ple are not fa­mil­iar with that par­tic­u­lar junc­tion and length of Charley Road, like us, they won’t know.

“The sig­nage is not clear enough ap­proach­ing the junc­tion, there needs to be a vis­i­ble stop sign in our opin­ion or a warn­ing com­ing around that bend.”

Miss Guy also wants to stress how im­por­tant it is that chil­dren have cor­rect car seats and use seat belts.

A spokesper­son from Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice told the Echo of­fi­cers were called to the col­li­sion and said those in­volved sus­tained “slight in­juries”.

The Echo re­ported at the start of Au­gust that there had been seven col­li­sions at the junc­tion in the space of the month. Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil told the

Echo it has be­gun to make ‘im­prove­ments’ to the junc­tion and so far road mark­ings have been re­freshed and ad­di­tional signs have been put in.

Other works - which in­cludes im­prov­ing haz­ard per­cep­tion bars (rumble strips) on Abbey Road and adding them on Charley Road, and re­duc­ing the speed limit to 50mph - are hoped to be com­pleted by Fri­day (Septem­ber 15).

Jeff Camp­bell (54) and fi­ancé Natasha Guy (40), of West Sus­sex, told the Echo they are on a mis­sion to get the Iveshead Road, Charley Road, and Abbey Road junc­tion im­proved af­ter they, and their four chil­dren, were in­volved in a two-car col­li­sion. Pic­tured is the fam­ily’s car af­ter the col­li­sion.

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