TWO MEN DEAD AFTER WEEK­END COL­LI­SIONS

Fa­tal road traf­fic ac­ci­dents oc­curred in Dray­cott and Stafford

The Sentinel - - NEWS - Matthew Simp­son matthew.simp­[email protected]­plc.com

TWO men have died fol­low­ing two sep­a­rate road traf­fic ac­ci­dents in Stafford­shire.

Mo­tor­cy­clist Martin Barker was left crit­i­cally in­jured fol­low­ing a col­li­sion with a car on the A521 Ut­tox­ter Road in Dray­cott-in-the-moors, at around 5.15pm on Fri­day.

Mr Barker, aged 50, from Stokeon-trent, died at the Royal Stoke Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal on Satur­day morn­ing.

And a 20-year-old man was se­ri­ously in­jured after his car left the A518, be­tween Haughton and Stafford, and hit a tree, at 6.25pm on Satur­day. He was also taken to the Royal Stoke, where he died on Sun­day.

Stafford­shire Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion about both in­ci­dents.

Mr Barker was rid­ing a red Kawasaki mo­tor­bike in the di­rec­tion of Blythe Bridge, when he came into col­li­sion with a grey Audi A5.

A po­lice spokesman said: “We were called to re­ports of a road traf­fic col­li­sion be­tween a red Kawasaki mo­tor­cy­cle and a grey Audi A5 on the A521 near Chandni Cot­tage at around 5.15pm on Fri­day.

“Sadly the mo­tor­cy­clist, Martin Barker, aged 50, from Stoke-on-trent, died at the Royal Stoke Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal on Satur­day morn­ing.

“Paramedics had car­ried out emer­gency treat­ment at the scene be­fore he was taken to hos­pi­tal, where de­spite the ef­forts of med­i­cal staff, he sadly died.

“Spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers are sup­port­ing the fam­ily.”

PC Matt Lo­vatt added: “This is a wellused road and any­one who may have dash­cam footage around when the col­li­sion oc­curred is asked to con­tact us.”

Mr Barker’s friends have left trib­utes to him on Stoke-on-trent Live’s Face­book page.

Laura Lowe wrote: “Martin will be sadly missed by us, his col­leagues and his friends and fam­ily. RIP Martin.”

Marissa Hen­der­son said: “RIP Map, your gen­eros­ity, love and sup­port will never be for­got­ten.”

The ac­ci­dent on the A518, near The Villa Cat­tery, in­volved one ve­hi­cle, a black Vaux­hall Corsa, which had been trav­el­ling to­wards Haughton.

A po­lice spokesman said: “We were called to a road traf­fic col­li­sion on the A518 be­tween Haughton and Stafford in­volv­ing a black Vaux­hall Corsa which left the road near The Villa Cat­tery and col­lided with a tree.

“Any­one who saw the ve­hi­cle be­fore­hand or who may have rel­e­vant dash­cam footage is asked to call the po­lice.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the Dray­cott col­li­sion should con­tact Stafford­shire Po­lice on 101, quot­ing in­ci­dent 474 of Jan­uary 11. Wit­nesses who have in­for­ma­tion about the A518 crash should call 101 and quote in­ci­dent 609 of Jan­uary 12.

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