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MP in call for A50 probe after cyclist dies in crash


Friday 1st July 2011 (Andrew Griffiths)

A CYCLIST has been killed after a collision involving a lorry on the A50 near Hatton.

Derbyshire police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened on the A50 westbound carriageway at around 8pm last Thursday.

The collision involved a white Mercedes lorry and a cyclist. The cyclist, a 47-yearold man from Staffordshire, died at the scene.

A spokesman for Derbyshire police said: “We can confirm that a 47-year-old man from Staffordshire has died following an incident involving a bike and a lorry on the A50 near Hatton.

“There is currently no more new information and more details about the male’s identity are not yet being made available.

“But we would like to ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have any further information to contact the police immediately.”

This latest incident comes after Burton MP Andrew Griffiths said he has ‘major concerns’ about whether both the A38 and A50 were safe for cyclists and about the number of accidents involving lorries on the A50, of which he has personal experience.

He said: “My thoughts are that we should call for an investigation by the Department of Transport and the Highways Agency to see whether the A50 is safe.

It is a very busy road and a very tight road. I hope to have talks with cycling clubs in Uttoxeter and Burton to see how they feel about cycling safety on the A50 and A38 and what could be done to make them safer or ban it altogether.It is a very busy road and a very tight road. I hope to have talks with cycling clubs in Uttoxeter and Burton to see how they feel about cycling safety on the A50 and A38 and what could be done to make them safer or ban it altogether.

“I am also particularly concerned on the A50 about the number of accidents with lorries overturning at the Sudbury roundabout — it happens on a regular basis.

“On election day last year I saw a lorry overturn there and we tried to help, but it seems to be every other week.

“My worry is that that there is a problem with the design of the A50 there with a noticeable camber in the road.”

Anyone with information about the accident is urged to contact the witness appeal line on 01773 572 929 or the collision investigation unit on 01773 571 675.

The officer in charge of the case is PC Darren Parkin.

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