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Residents call for action on road safety at accident blackspot after motorist dies

By WBCraig  |  Posted: January 23, 2014


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ACTION is being demanded over the speed limit in a village near Helston where a driver died on Sunday.

Driver Peter Coram, aged 53, from Rosudgeon, died after his BMW collided with a VW Polo travelling in the opposite direction on the Penryn-to-Helston road at Edgcumbe.

He died at the scene.

The female driver, believed to be from Helston, was taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro and then transferred to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth after sustaining serious injuries.

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Edgcumbe resident Shaun Collins, who witnessed the aftermath of the 8am accident, said: “I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s amazing the woman survived.

“You wouldn’t believe it if you’d seen the car.”

Mr Collins joined other residents and a local councillor in calling for action on road safety.

Cornwall councillor for Crowan and Wendron, Loveday Jenkin, said: “This accident highlights that it is a dangerous piece of road.

“People perceive it as wide open road but it has got a number of junctions along it.”

Mr Collins added: “They’ve got to do something for people pulling out onto the main road.

“We pull out, with the kids in the car in the morning, and every time it’s chaos.”

Last year a motorist crashed into the bus stop at the same spot.

Resident Tracy Bassett said: “The day the bus shelter was demolished – it was just flattened – I felt sick thinking that the kids had been in there just an hour before.”

The speed limit on the A394 between Helston and Penryn varies between 30mph and the national speed limit.

In Edgcumbe it is 50pmh, but drops to 40mph just a few hundred metres up the road in Rame.

Ms Jenkins has been campaigning to get the speed limit reduced to 40mph in line with guidelines on built-up areas, and to change the entrance to a number of country lanes where there are a large number of houses.

A spokesman for Cornwall Council said the speed limit variations were due to the “physical characteristics” of the road and the presence of properties on the sides of the carriageway.

She added that a 2009 speed limit review recommended the 50mph limit in Edgcumbe be retained because of the “route characteristics” and that the limit in Rame was being “monitored”.

Anyone with information about the collision should contact PC Keenan on 101, quoting log number 204.

Over the past ten years there have been a number of accidents along the same stretch of road, including fatalities.

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  • Cornish321  |  January 23 2014, 7:47AM

    And the bus stop was flattened when there was at least 6" of snow on the ungritted road,hence the 5 or 6 cars that all crashed within minutes that morning in the same place.

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  • Cornish321  |  January 23 2014, 7:38AM

    Wonder if the crash was down to the amount of black ice on road in that area on sunday morning and someone driving too quick for the conditions???? 50mph is already very slow for a completly straight line road.

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