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Roseworthy Hill traffic calming plea following a serious car crash

By WBKatri  |  Posted: December 11, 2012

Roseworthy Hill, Camborne, traffic calming plea following a serious car crash

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A PLEA for new traffic calming measures at Roseworthy Hill has been dismissed by Cornwall Council following a serious accident.
At 11pm on Friday emergency services were called to the old A30 between Hayle and Camborne after a red Volkswagen Polo crashed into a house, spun around and ended up on its roof.
A female passenger was taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital, but is not thought to be seriously injured.
The car then caught fire and caused damage to two vehicles parked on neighbour Kevin Hodson's driveway.
Now the furious father-of-three, aged 46, said the road was being used as a rat run and, with neighbours, has taken his concerns to the parish council.
But despite their pleas Cornwall Council has ruled out installing speed bumps or cameras.
Mr Hudson said: "It is an accident black spot, people use it as a rat-run and eventually someone is going to die.
"Luckily my young children were not on the driveway where the car ended up. Had they been they would not have had a chance."
Mr Hodson said he remembered four or five accidents in the area in the past couple of years.
Last year, Mr Hudson said, he helped a driver who was trapped inside his vehicle following a crash.
"I have seen people driving up to 90mph in the 40mph zone.
"The current speed signs are so small you can hardly see them. The next step for us will be to install our own signs, which I doubt will be allowed to stay up.
"I have lived here over 20 years and in that time have seen and dragged out many people who have been severely injured and some that have died.
"Please think before you drive through here at 80mph as it could be your family who die in front of you."
According to Cornwall Council's accident statistics there have been two injury accidents on this road in the past three years.
A council spokesman said: "While any accident is one too many and we sympathise with the resident concerned, it is not appropriate to install traffic calming measures or speed cameras on every stretch of road.
"The speed limit on the approach to Roseworthy Hill was reduced from 60mph to 40mph in 2003 and our data from the speed recording equipment, which was in place in 2009 showed the average road speed was within the speed limit."
*A 25-year-old man from Fraddon has been charged with drink driving.

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