Crash driver fights for life

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Et­stephenb

A MO­TORIST is fight­ing for his life af­ter a col­li­sion on a ru­ral road where his car rolled over.

The 28-year-old man was driv­ing along North Bank in Whit­tle­sey when he col­lided with an­other car two miles west of the junc­tion with the B1040 at 7.20pm on Fri­day, April 27.

The man, who was in a Toy­ota Pic­nic GS, was trav­el­ling to­wards Peter­bor­ough when he col­lided with a Subaru Im­preza. The driver of the Im­preza was not in­jured in the col­li­sion.

The 28-year-old suf­fered mul­ti­ple in­juries in the crash, and has been taken to Ad­den­brooke’s Hospi­tal, where he re­mains in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

The Toy­ota rolled over as a re­sult of the crash, and medics from Mag­pas He­limedix were called to the scene to pro­vide emer­gency treat­ment.

A spokes­woman for the char­ity said: “The team were called in to treat a man in his 20s who had suf­fered se­ri­ous chest and ab­dom­i­nal in­juries.

“The He­limedix then pro­vided him with pain re­lief, in­tra­venous flu­ids and ac­com­pa­nied him in a land am­bu­lance to Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal, mon­i­tor­ing him all the way.

“On ar­rival at the hospi­tal, he was in a se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion.”

A spokes­woman for the East of Eng­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said the man was con­scious and breath­ing when they ar­rived, but was also bleed­ing heav­ily.

Po­lice are now con­duct­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent to try and dis­cover the events lead­ing up to the col­li­sion.

Coun­cil­lor Ken­neth Peachey, who rep­re­sents the St Marys - Whit­tle­sey ward for Fen­land Dis­trict Coun­cil, said he thought ac­tion needed to be taken to im­prove safety on the road.

He said: “I was try­ing to drive along North Bank on Fri­day, but it was closed be­cause of the ac­ci­dent.

“I don’t think it is a dan­ger­ous road, but I have won­dered why the au­thor­i­ties have not put a lower speed limit in be­fore.

“At the mo­ment it is a 60mph limit, which is a con­cern be­cause right next to the road is a river, and if a car should go on to the grass it is easy then to go into the river.

“I have also seen a num­ber of wing mir­rors on the road in the past, which in­di­cates there have been near misses down there.

“I think a lower speed limit and speed cam­eras on the road would be a good idea.”

PC John Blood, in­ves­ti­gat­ing for Cam­bridgeshire po­lice, said: “I would ap­peal to any­one who saw the col­li­sion or ei­ther ve­hi­cle prior to it, to call po­lice.”

Wit­nesses should call the Roads Polic­ing Unit on 101

NORTH BANK: The B1040.

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