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'Cornwall's deadliest road' fears

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

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QUESTIONS are being asked over whether a stretch of road near Falmouth is the "most deadly in Cornwall" following the sixth death in eight years.

Officials have admitted the 2km section between Treluswell on the A39 and the A394 at Longdowns has been the site of an "unusually high" number of fatal accidents.

The latest death was a fortnight ago.

Mabe parish councillor Peter Tisdale said: "This section of road has a proven, disastrous track record. I would like to know if this is the most deadly road in Cornwall.

"How many more people are going to die before something is done?"

Cornwall Council said the road had a low number of accidents, but an "unusually high proportion" of fatalities.

In 10 years there had been 12 injury accidents and 5 fatal accidents, one of which killed a couple.

In 2004 motorcyclist Jonathan DeHoedt, from Camborne, was killed in a collision involving two other vehicles.

David and Lynn Green died in a crash in 2007, with Graham Thacker being jailed for three years for causing their deaths by dangerous driving.

Hannah Handy, 35, of Helston, died in a two-vehicle collision in 2008 and 37-year-old Merryn Butler, from Penzance, was killed in 2010 in a collision with a minibus. Both incidents occurred in icy conditions.

Two weeks ago a 26-year-old, whom police have still not named, died instantly in a collision with a lorry.

Mr Tisdale said: "The very least they could do is put up signs saying how many people have died, like they have at Treluswell with motorcyclists.

"I'm told each fatal accident costs the police and county council around £1 million, never mind the human cost to families. It would seem far better to spend a few thousand pounds, even if it just saves one person's life," he said.

Adrian Roberts, a Cornwall Council road safety engineer, said: "If we had a lower speed limit you might get more overtaking.

"I understand local concern when things like this happen, but we have to think about the anticipated effects of any measures."

He said the opening of a waste transfer station had helped by stopping overtaking in that particular area.

"While there have been a number of high-profile accidents, they are related to specific behaviours," he added.

Mr Roberts said the road did not feature among the county's top 300 accident cluster sites.

Mr Tisdale responded: "It may well be driver behaviour, but measures would hopefully reduce impact speeds, which may at least make some of this type of accident survivable."

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  • t_i_p  |  October 25 2012, 10:23AM

    This is a stretch of road that average speed cameras would work well all too often people overtake when they can't see far enough away or just put there foot down.

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