Road safety pledge made after devastating crash which left one person dead and another in a coma
PUBLISHED: 18:07 09 November 2017 | UPDATED: 21:44 09 November 2017
Community leaders have pledged to make any safety changes needed on a Fen road following a crash which left a woman dead and two others critically injured.
However, councillors representing the area where the fatal collision between a Vauxhall Astra and a Ford Transit van happened say they will wait for a police report into the incident before making any judgements.
Emergency services were called to Black Drove, in Murrow, near Wisbech, at about 7.10am on Thursday, November 9 to reports of a two vehicle collision.
The driver of the Astra, a woman in her 20s, died at the scene.
Two passengers in the vehicle, a man and a woman, were taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and remain in a critical but stable condition.
The driver of the van, a man, suffered minor injuries.
Simon King - county councillor for the Roman Bank and Peckover division, which includes Murrow - said: “I don’t know the details of the incident but it is a very tragic incident.
“My deepest sympathies go to the families of those involved.
“I think we just need to wait for the police investigation. If there’s anything that comes out of that which relates to road safety, then we have to look at making any possible improvements.
“One of our primary goals as a county council is to reduce traffic accidents. If there’s something that can be done to prevent further accidents, we will do everything we can to do that.”
Sarah Bligh, district councillor for Parson Drove and Wisbech St Mary, said many Fenland roads can be hazardous with potholes, sharp bends and narrow sections.
That is particularly the case where housing has been built up in rural areas, she said.
But she said: “There is no magic wand - you can’t make these roads wider.
“We’d love to have perfect roads but it’s part of rural life. It’s the same nationwide and it’s not anything anyone has done wrong.”
Mr King added: “I don’t think there’s a one-size-fits-all solution. Each accident has to be considered on a case-by-case basis.
“Some Fen roads are uneven and some do have sharp bends, but that is not unusual compared to other parts of the country.
“Police will often say that 60mph is not a minimum, it’s a maximum and people need to adapt their speed to the driving conditions and to the road conditions.
“I think that’s sound advice for all of us - I’m not making any judgements about what’s happened in this case, but as a general rule everyone should drive according to the conditions.”
Black Drove was closed in both directions between Hooks Drove and Cant’s Drove while police cleared the scene and investigated the incident.
It was reopened at about 2.30pm.
An East of England Ambulance Service paramedic crew, Cambridgeshire Police and Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service were also in attendance.
Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the Road Policing Unit on 101, quoting incident 73 of November 9, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.