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Renewed safety call after crash on B5030

Monday 4th November 2013 (Andrew Griffiths)

UTTOXETER’S MP has called for a complete review of a notorious accident blackspot after a pensioner was rushed to hospital following a crash.

Andrew Griffiths (pictured) spoke out about the dangers of the B5030 in Rocester after a collision near to the JCB World Headquarters on Thursday which saw a woman in her 70s taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire with a chest injury.

Mr Griffiths told The Advertiser it was now time that something was done about the busy road which was regularly the site of accidents.

He said: “I think the time has come for a complete review of this road network around the A50 and the B5030.

“The amount of traffic those roads carry now is greater than ever and there is a need to look again at what could be done both to make it more efficient and safer for all the people using them.

“I intend to raise the issue with both the highways at Staffordshire County Council and the Secretary of State for transport because the A50 corridor desperately needs investment to improve.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the latest incident occurred at 4.10pm on Thursday and involved two cars, a silver Land Rover Discovery and one green Peugeot, colliding at the junction which turns into Rocester.

As well as the pensioner who was rushed to hospital, five people, believed all to have been from the same family, were assessed by ambulance crews at the scene for minor injuries.

They were all released at the scene.

The service sent three ambulances and a rapid response vehicle to the scene.

Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service were also on scene to direct traffic and make the vehicles safe.

Motorists saw tailbacks across the area but police had the traffic moving again as they faced the rush hour chaos.

The road is notorious for accidents, often minor but some have been fatal.

The last person to loss his life on the B5030 was Stephen Hallam, of Mayfield.

The 23-year-old lost control of his car after he drove through flood water and crashed into a tree on his way home from Uttoxeter.

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