Three killed on notorious stretch of road

PUBLISHED: 15:12 21 July 2008 | UPDATED: 21:31 31 May 2010

A DEVASTATING car crash has killed a father and his two sons and left five other people fighting for their lives in hospital. David Bocking, 43, from Halstead, and his children, 14-year-old Daniel and 13-year-old Stephen, died in a head-on crash in Linton

A DEVASTATING car crash has killed a father and his two sons and left five other people fighting for their lives in hospital.

David Bocking, 43, from Halstead, and his children, 14-year-old Daniel and 13-year-old Stephen, died in a head-on crash in Linton on the notorious A1307 on Saturday afternoon.

Linton Parish Councillor and chairman of campaign group Access 1307, Esther Cornell, said: "The whole community is shocked and devastated by the latest deaths on this road.

"The whole of Linton was gripped by fear when we heard the sirens. There have now been six fatalities on this stretch of road in the last four months."

Mr Bocking and his two teenage sons, who both live in Poton, Bedfordshire, were travelling in a red Peugeot 806 estate when it was involved in a head-on smash with a silver Volkswagen Golf at 3.25pm. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two other people travelling in the Peugeot, a 39-year-old woman and an eight-year-old girl, are being treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. Doctors have described both patients' conditions as "critical".

Three people were travelling in the Golf and they have all been taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital. A 60-year-old man has been described as "critical", a 50-year-old woman, who sustained "serious" injuries and a 13-year-old girl, whose condition is "serious but stable".

The families of the injured people have requested that no further details are released about the conditions of the patients.

Sgt Richard Jackson, one of the first officers to arrive on the scene, confirmed that all three people who died were travelling in the same car. He added: "The vehicles were travelling in different directions but we don't know as yet how the accident occurred."

The accident happened between Linton and Horseheath where the road narrows from a duel carriageway to a single carriageway. The road was closed for six hours and did not reopen until late on Saturday evening.

Cllr Matthew Bradney, Cambridgeshire County Council's cabinet member for growth and infrastructure, said a special cabinet meeting had been held on Monday (July 21) morning to discuss issue.

"First of all I would like to offer my condolences to the families of all those involved in this tragic accident," said Cllr Bradney. "This is our top priority road in the whole of Cambridgeshire and we are working hard to make it safer.

"It is a 12-mile stretch of road and accidents have happened at different locations and for a multitude of reasons, but I think speed is a major factor. I'm looking to introduce safety cameras as quickly as possible as well push through some of our other safety initiatives such as a traffic calming measure at Cardinals Green, warning signs and a review of the speed limit.

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