Lorry driver killed on A1307

PUBLISHED: 17:13 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 31 May 2010

A NOTORIOUS stretch of road claimed another life on Tuesday, when a lorry driver died in Little Abington. The accident happened at about 8.45am, when a road-cleaning lorry overturned after apparently hitting a traffic island on the A1307. A second vehicl

A NOTORIOUS stretch of road claimed another life on Tuesday, when a lorry driver died in Little Abington.

The accident happened at about 8.45am, when a road-cleaning lorry overturned after apparently hitting a traffic island on the A1307.

A second vehicle swerved to avoid the accident and collided with a garden fence by the road.

Two ambulances attended the scene, as well as a fire crew from Linton and a fire crew and a rescue vehicle from Cambridge.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "The crews used electric Holmatro cutting equipment to cut open the doors and remove the driver, who was trapped in the lorry."

Medical crews pronounced the driver of the lorry dead at the scene. The woman driver of the car suffered shock, but was otherwise unhurt.

The fence the woman collided with belonged to John Brock, who said he was deeply upset that there had been a fatal accident outside his house.

He said: "I'm absolutely devastated that there has been another accident, this time with very serious consequences. This has happened four or five times, where vehicles have hit the traffic island, and to learn that the driver in this morning's accident has died is really very upsetting.

"I heard the bang and went outside and there it was. A street-cleaner lorry was laying on its side, with various people surrounding it trying to get the windscreen out to rescue the driver.

"A car had swerved into our fence to avoid the lorry. Then the emergency services arrived and I went back into the house, as it was obviously the scene of a very serious accident."

In February a woman from Haverhill was lucky to escape with her life after the car she was driving was pinned against a tree by a lorry that had hit the same traffic island. And one month ago, just a few miles down the A1307 at Horseheath, 16-year-old Alice Westland was killed while trying to cross the road.

Mr Brock said: "We all feel a strong sense of frustration. Obviously something has to be done to make this road safer but who do we go to?

"Who do we contact? Trying to get the safety of this road improved is like banging your head against a brick wall."

After the accident in February where a woman was hospitalised following a collision at the same location, an on-site meeting took place between residents, councillors and engineers to discuss ways to improve the road's safety.

Additional signs on the traffic island, warning signs on the approach and better signage on the road were all discussed as ways to move forward, and Cambridgeshire County Council installed a blue-and-white arrow sign on a lamppost to make the traffic island more visible.

However, after Tuesday's fatal crash - the seventh fatality on the A1307 in two years - there are likely to be strong calls for more action.

E-mail your views to james.burton@archant.co.uk

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