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Concern over safety of A140 following young mother’s death

06:30 30 November 2012

The A140  at Brome where a young mother was killed in a collison on Tuesday. Photograph Simon Parker

The A140 at Brome where a young mother was killed in a collison on Tuesday. Photograph Simon Parker

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Calls have been made to improve safety on a stretch of a busy A-road following the death of a young mother in a crash on the Norfolk-Suffolk border.

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Jessica Winterborn, from Harleston, died of her injuries in hospital on Wednesday following a collision between her car and a truck on the A140 at Brome, near Diss.

The 24-year-old was driving a Peugeot 306 when the crash occurred between her car and a Mercedes LGV near the junction of the B1077 at about 4.15pm on Tuesday. Her baby, who was in the car, was not injured and the driver of the truck was uninjured.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing and at this stage there is no suggestion that speeding was a factor in the crash, a police spokesman said yesterday. However, the latest collision on the A140 at Brome has prompted local councillors to call for the nearby speed camera to be reinstated after it was switched off by Suffolk Police Authority earlier this year.

They have requested that Tim Passmore, the new police and crime commissioner for Suffolk, to reverse the decision to deactivate the fixed speed camera.

Janet Norman-Philips, clerk of Redlingfield Parish council, said: “Redlingfield, Horham and Athelington councils, along with other local parish and town councils have been campaigning for several months now for the speed safety camera on the A140 at Brome to be turned back on as we were convinced that without it, this accident blackspot would claim more lives or cause serious injury.”

“Sadly is now seems that our worst fears have come to pass with the tragic death of a young mother. We believe this accident should never have happened and we also believe that had the camera been turned back on, that the chances of this death occurring would have been vastly reduced.”

Parish councillors say that there have been up to nine death or serious injury crashes on the A140 at Brome since 2000. However, Suffolk Police Authority said there had been one slight injury crash when they decided to turn off the fixed speed camera.

Guy McGregor, cabinet member for roads and transport at Suffolk County Council, said the county council was looking at reducing the speed limit on the A140 at Brome to improve safety.

“Because there is no longer an active speed camera, we are looking to bring the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph in that area.”

“The fundamental problem is that it is a considerably significant road from Ipswich to Norwich. Fundamentally it [the A140] needs radical improvement and when it was a trunk road there were plans to make it dual carriageway. This particular road is inadequate in modern terms and if money is not available to make it up to standard we need to make it as safe as possible,” he said.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said investigations were continuing into the collision.

“Reducing the amount of people who are killed and seriously injured on our roads is a priority for Suffolk Constabulary’s Roads Policing Team. Work is continuously done with partners to identify areas that are susceptible to collisions and to consider and inform possible action that can then be taken. This may include education, enforcement or road engineering options,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Danny Ormes at Suffolk Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101.

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