Calls for lower speed limit after car crash
A ROAD accident in which a driver lost control of his car, careered off the road and ploughed into a van has prompted calls for a lower speed limit in a village.
Emma Burt (37) and her partner Fraser Bradbury (42) were returning to their home in Main Road, Deeping St Nicholas, at about 8.15pm on Sunday when they saw a plume of smoke.
They panicked, thinking the house was on fire, but when they arrived they found a car had smashed into their parked van with such force, it had been pushed about 10 metres, off the road and into a neighbouring field.
The van was badly damaged in the incident, and a window was broken and the couple’s campervan damaged by flying gravel.
The couple have been campaigning for a reduction in the 50mph speed limit through the village having now witnessed three crashes in as many years outside their home.
Fraser said: “If that crash had happened two minutes later we would have been parked in the way. I dread to think what would have happened if we had.
“What has to happen before the council acts? They keep saying there aren’t enough accidents on the road for them to do something.
“Four dogs have died in the last three years, but apparently they don’t count. What if a child had run out after the dog? The Highways Agency just doesn’t seem to care.”
Emma and Fraser would like to see the speed limit reduced from 50mph to 30mph and traffic calming measures installed.
They had hoped the new A16 would cut the amount of traffic in the village but they say it has had no effect.
Emma said: “We were worried when we bought the house, but we knew the A16 was on its way. It doesn’t seem to have made any difference, though.
“The stretch of road is very long and straight and people drive ridiculously fast. Many houses are set close to the road and it’s always a bit of a risk pulling out into the road.”
This is the third accident the couple have witnessed since moving into the village.
In the first, a car ended up in a ditch and the driver suffered a broken pelvis.
The second crash left two people with minor injuries.
The couple have been told that just before they moved into the house, a car careered into a neighbouring property.
Jonathan Pearson, area highways manager for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We had conversations regarding the speed limit of all surpluses should be used to pay off debts.
Chief executive Ali Parsa said: “Hinchingbrooke was projected to lose many tens of millions in the years ahead, and faced closure. Instead, it is being transformed.” (METP-02-0512DL790) the A1175 with these residents earlier this year.
“In line with our speed limit policy, we intend to review the limit of the A1175 this autumn, a year after the new A16 fully opened, at a time when traffic flows will have settled down to a normal level.”
A police spokesman said the driver of the Ford Fiesta which crashed on Sunday was a 22-year-old man from Crowland. He was treated for minor injuries in hospital.
He was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and released on police bail.
call: Emma Burt, who with her partner Fraser Bradbury has been calling for a reduction in the speed limit through Deeping St Nicholas.
Picture: DAVID LOWNDES.
crash: The scene after the latest crash on the A1175 Main Road, Deeping St Nicholas on Sunday.