Residents demand safety improvements to A337 after fatal accident near Lymington

Daily Echo: Safety calls after driver dies in fireball crash Safety calls after driver dies in fireball crash

RESIDENTS are calling for a string of safety measures after a driver was killed when their car careered off the road and burst into a fireball.

They say if something isn’t done to improve the A337 in the New Forest more motorists will lose their lives.

But roads chiefs say they are waiting to see if the police recommend whether any changes should be made following their investigation into the latest crash.

The white Volvo saloon had been travelling along the road on Thursday morning when it crashed into trees and was engulfed by flames, killing the driver, who has still not been identified.

The road was closed for 12 hours causing traffic chaos as drivers looked for alternative routes. One motorist reported that it took an hour to travel from Milford and Lymington.

Now residents and workers who regularly use the dangerous road are urging for improvements.

They want the bends straightened and widened with footpaths cycle lanes and reflector lights.

Carole Deacon, 61, a receptionist who lives nearby said: “They need to do something to make it safer. If something isn’t done there will be another death.

“It’s maximum speed limit round there and people just whiz round there. They don’t realise that it can be quite slippery.”

Jayne Tizzard, 52, from Brockenhurst, a shop supervisor at nearby Otter Nurseries, said: “The road needs to be sorted out.

“We have had a lot of accidents on that road especially the junction near Milford.

There are a lot of blind spots.”

Colleague Judy Biddle, 49, from Hordle, added: “This makes me worried about using the road. I would love to ride my bike to work but it’s so dangerous.”

Hampshire County Council roads chief Cllr Seán Woodward said the council will make changes if the police and coroner say they are necessary.

He said: “What happens wherever there is a fatality is the police do a very thorough investigation into the causes and the police are doing that at the moment.

We will then get a report from the police and we will also want to know what the coroner has to say if there is an inquest.

“If they make any recommendations about changes to the road we will work very closely with the police and the coroner to implement those changes.”

A police investigation continues today and officers are working to identify the motorist and find out what happened in the moments before the crash.

Totton roads Policing Unit is asking for anyone with any information on the crash to contact them on 101, quoting Operation Ascella.

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6:40pm Sun 1 Jun 14

ian t says...

roads are not dangerous , people are !
roads are not dangerous , people are ! ian t
  • Score: 21

7:00pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Frank28 says...

It must have been a very serious accident if the Police are still trying to identify the driver who crashed last Thursday. The fact that such an accident occurred on that bend, should automatically qualify that stretch of road for safety improvements.
It must have been a very serious accident if the Police are still trying to identify the driver who crashed last Thursday. The fact that such an accident occurred on that bend, should automatically qualify that stretch of road for safety improvements. Frank28
  • Score: -13

7:38pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Torchie1 says...

Frank28 wrote:
It must have been a very serious accident if the Police are still trying to identify the driver who crashed last Thursday. The fact that such an accident occurred on that bend, should automatically qualify that stretch of road for safety improvements.
The easiest, quickest and most cost effective improvement will involve a number of large round signs with 40, or even 30 printed on them.
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: It must have been a very serious accident if the Police are still trying to identify the driver who crashed last Thursday. The fact that such an accident occurred on that bend, should automatically qualify that stretch of road for safety improvements.[/p][/quote]The easiest, quickest and most cost effective improvement will involve a number of large round signs with 40, or even 30 printed on them. Torchie1
  • Score: 6

7:54pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Huey says...

Someone sadly driving beyond their ability no doubt
Someone sadly driving beyond their ability no doubt Huey
  • Score: 8

8:21pm Sun 1 Jun 14

pepepe says...

Many roads in this area are dangerous due to lack of maintenance. For example, holes are a continuous hazard from Barton-on-sea to Lymington and may have been a contributing factor in this accident.
Many roads in this area are dangerous due to lack of maintenance. For example, holes are a continuous hazard from Barton-on-sea to Lymington and may have been a contributing factor in this accident. pepepe
  • Score: 0

8:38pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Sutton Saint says...

I travel this road on a regular basis and yes some drivers drive like idiots, but there are areas where this road could be improved. Meeting an HGV or a bus in places can be demanding especially where the road becomes very narrow.

The place where the accident happened narrow and has no street lights. Cats eyes would be helpful and the road widened. Coming around the corner going west is alarming when the big trucks from the sand and ballast company meet you. Add to that tucks for the IOW ferry then a serious review needs to be undertaken.
I travel this road on a regular basis and yes some drivers drive like idiots, but there are areas where this road could be improved. Meeting an HGV or a bus in places can be demanding especially where the road becomes very narrow. The place where the accident happened narrow and has no street lights. Cats eyes would be helpful and the road widened. Coming around the corner going west is alarming when the big trucks from the sand and ballast company meet you. Add to that tucks for the IOW ferry then a serious review needs to be undertaken. Sutton Saint
  • Score: 2

11:59pm Sun 1 Jun 14

BeyondImagination says...

If they can't identify the driver then it clearly the registered owner or someone he knew. ie Stolen.
If they can't identify the driver then it clearly the registered owner or someone he knew. ie Stolen. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 0

12:01am Mon 2 Jun 14

BeyondImagination says...

BeyondImagination wrote:
If they can't identify the driver then it clearly the registered owner or someone he knew. ie Stolen.
not. Sorry got Echo journalist syndrome
[quote][p][bold]BeyondImagination[/bold] wrote: If they can't identify the driver then it clearly the registered owner or someone he knew. ie Stolen.[/p][/quote]not. Sorry got Echo journalist syndrome BeyondImagination
  • Score: 0

9:38am Mon 2 Jun 14

forest hump says...

Why do we have to legislate and invest when idiocy (I am speaking generally, not this individual) will always prevail. We cannot straighten every road and remove all blind spots. Drive defensively and issues go away.
Why do we have to legislate and invest when idiocy (I am speaking generally, not this individual) will always prevail. We cannot straighten every road and remove all blind spots. Drive defensively and issues go away. forest hump
  • Score: 4

11:00pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Niel says...

forest hump wrote:
Why do we have to legislate and invest when idiocy (I am speaking generally, not this individual) will always prevail. We cannot straighten every road and remove all blind spots. Drive defensively and issues go away.
And unless there is sufficient evidence to prove what happened, unlikely perhaps, we'll never know if it was simply too fast in the wrong situation, or if the driver was taken ill or even died at the wheel prior to crashing.

The Police will do their best, but sometimes proving just what happened simply isn't possible.
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: Why do we have to legislate and invest when idiocy (I am speaking generally, not this individual) will always prevail. We cannot straighten every road and remove all blind spots. Drive defensively and issues go away.[/p][/quote]And unless there is sufficient evidence to prove what happened, unlikely perhaps, we'll never know if it was simply too fast in the wrong situation, or if the driver was taken ill or even died at the wheel prior to crashing. The Police will do their best, but sometimes proving just what happened simply isn't possible. Niel
  • Score: 0

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