Car driver killed in crash with van

PUBLISHED: 13:48 21 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:03 31 May 2010

A 22-YEAR-OLD man was killed in a two-vehicle collision on the A505 near Duxford just before the early morning rush hour on Monday. Levani Mangigashvili, of Swift Close, Royston, was declared dead at the scene after the red Ford Granada he was driving was

A 22-YEAR-OLD man was killed in a two-vehicle collision on the A505 near Duxford just before the early morning rush hour on Monday.

Levani Mangigashvili, of Swift Close, Royston, was declared dead at the scene after the red Ford Granada he was driving was in collision with a seven-and-a-half tonne refrigerated Ford Iveco box van at 5.30am.

The driver of the van, a 47-year-old man from Attleborough in Norfolk, suffered minor injuries.

Police, one ambulance and two fire engines attended the scene. An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called at 5.33am and one ambulance and a doctor attended the accident.

"One man was declared deceased, and another was suffering from minor injuries and he was taken to Peterborough District Hospital."

A Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said cutting equipment was used to free Mr Mangigashvili and the van driver.

"Two engines were sent to the incident and both parties involved had to be extricated from the vehicles," she said.

Police closed the A505 between the M11 junction at Duxford and the A10 junction at Royston, and the road did not reopen until 4.50pm once collision investigators had assessed the scene.

Following a number of other damage only collisions on the roads in the foggy weather at the beginning of the week, PC Chris Breeze, of the Cambridgeshire Road Policing Unit, has urged motorists to drive seasonally.

"At this time of year you have around half the grip on the road that you do in the summertime," he said.

"In the summer, if you skid at 40 miles per hour, you will travel 20 metres. In the winter, you will travel 20 metres at just 24 miles per hour.

"The roads can have patches of damp, as well as mud and leaves on them, and patches of ice and thick fog making visibility bad.

"If you have to start the day by scraping your car free of ice then you can guarantee you need to drive slower, be alert and adapt to the road conditions."

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said investigations into the collision were ongoing.

Anyone with information about the collision on Monday should contact PC Breeze on 08454 564564.

- A LORRY containing 16 tonnes of fruit and vegetables overturned on a slip-road at junction 10 of the M11 near Duxford in the early hours of Wednesday.

Police were called to the scene at 3.31am and the road was closed until 7.40am.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Saffron Walden Reporter