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Ninth serious crash on A30 stretch in ten years

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

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AN ILLOGAN motorcyclist and a female driver remain in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a serious crash in Camborne last week.

It was the ninth time in ten years that emergency services have been called to deal with serious or fatal collisions on the 5.5km stretch of the single carriageway on the A30 between Camborne and Hayle.

The latest incident happened at Roseworthy Dip on Friday at 6.30pm and involved three cars and a motorbike, closing the road for more than 12 hours.

It is thought that the 32-year-old male rider of the motorbike was travelling on the eastbound carriageway when he was in collision with a van driven by a 27-year-old man from Camborne.

The van then crashed with a Peugeot 107 driven by a woman in her sixties who was also travelling in the same direction. Her car collided with a Nissan driven by a 49-year-old man from Hayle, who was travelling on the westbound carriageway towards Hayle.

The biker sustained serious leg injuries and the female Peugeot driver received internal injuries, which were initially thought to have been life-threatening. They were both taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro.

Three casualties from the other two vehicles were taken to West Cornwall Hospital.

Following the collision Cornwall Council has confirmed there have now been five serious and four fatal accidents on the carriageway, which has no central barrier.

They have been estimated to have cost the services in Cornwall just over £7 million.

In 2002 a driver lost control of his vehicle, hit an SOS telephone and died. In 2004 a drunk pedestrian, who was walking in the middle of the road, was hit by a transit van and died, and in a separate incident a woman slipped into a diabetic coma and lost control of her vehicle, killing another driver.

In 2010 two sisters died when their car smashed into a fuel tanker on the A30 near the Loggans Moor roundabout.

There have also been four serious collisions before the crash on Friday.

In 2002 a driver lost control in the dip and span across and in 2004 when a driver was distracted the vehicle veered to the other side of the road.

In 2007 a vehicle drifted across the carriageway and collided with two cars and two years ago a cyclist was seriously injured when he was hit by a car near the dip.

Anyone with any information surrounding the collision on Friday is asked to call the police on 101, quoting log 682 of October 26.

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  • jimjams2011  |  November 29 2012, 11:18AM

    How many more people have to die on this particular bit of the road? Is it not time for a barrier?