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MP makes call for changes on A50 after death


Friday 12th June 2015 (Andrew Griffiths)
MP makes call for changes on A50 after death

UTTOXETER’S MP has called for safety to be improved on the A50 after another driver lost his life due to a crash.

Andrew Griffiths has called for a meeting with Staffordshire Police and the Highways Agency to discuss what can be done on the A50 after lorry driver Krzysztof Miler died last week.

The 38-year-old, of Warner Street, Derby, was pronounced dead at the scene after the lorry he was driving was in collision with another HGV on the A50 eastbound.

The incident was near the JCB factory near Blythe Bridge at around 4.45am on Tuesday, June 2.

 

Mr Griffiths told the Advertiser that it was now a matter of urgency that something was done to stop the accidents and the road coming to a standstill.

He said: “My thoughts are with the family of the driver who sadly lost his life on the A50 in another example of the regular accidents on that stretch of road.

“We have come to the stage where action urgently needs to take place.

“I have called an emergency meeting of both Staffordshire Police and the Highways Agency on the site of the A50 to discuss both short term and long term ways to prevent those accidents and save lives. We cannot simply go on risking lives on a daily basis.”

The MP added that he is hoping that the meeting will take place near to the A50 in the next week.

Following Mr Miler’s accident, the road was closed until 6.15pm that day while collision investigation officers carried out an examination of the scene and emergency repairs were carried out. A post-mortem examination of his body was expected to be carried out in the next few days.

The crash came only a day after commuters faced more traffic misery on the A50 following two more accidents.

The first saw a woman taken to hospital following a two-vehicle collision. A black Ford Ka and red Fiat Punto were involved in the crash, which happened near the A515 junction of the A50 at Sudbury.

Fire crews were called from Burton and Ashbourne to free the woman, who was trapped in a vehicle. This was followed by a three-car crash on the A50 eastbound between the junctions for Toyota and Chellaston.

Multi-million pound plans to develop the A50 into a growth corridor have already been agreed but it is feared this will not help short-term safety.

By Jenny Moody (Uttoxeter Advertiser)

 

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