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Time for A38 action

Monday 30th April 2012 (Andrew Griffiths)

BURTON’S MP has asked the Government to review the A38’s safety following a horror crash which killed two sisters and left six people injured.

Andrew Griffiths wrote to Transport Secretary Justine Greening less than 72 hours after the collision, which happened on Friday night on the northbound carriageway near Branston junction.

His request came as police named the dead women as red Lexus driver Parveen Kauser, 38, of Crewe Street, Derby, and front seat passenger Raheela Altaf, 37, of Colwyn Avenue, also Derby.

Paramedics were unable to save the siblings after their Toyota was involved in a collision with a black Peugeot near Marley Tiles.

“It is deeply sad that yet another family has been devastated by an accident on the A38,” Mr Griffiths said.

“There have been so many serious accidents on that stretch, and they are happening so frequently that we cannot just pretend there isn’t a problem.

“So I will be writing to the Department for Transport and asking the minister to launch a review into the safety of the A38.

“We all want convenient, congestion-free roads, but I don’t want another family to lose loved ones on the A38.”

Noting he had been told the road was not originally designed as a dual carriageway, he said the narrowness of its lanes may be an issue for any review, as well as the potential lifesaving capabilities of average speed cameras and the suitability of the road for cyclists.

Mr Griffiths spoke as Staffordshire Police released further details about the six casualties.

Of the three rear seat Lexus passengers, they said an 11-yearold boy was flown by air ambulance to the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire; a 12-year-old girl was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS), in Stoke-on-Trent; and a 17- year-old girl was taken by ambulance to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.

None is thought to have life-threatening injuries.

Police said the Peugeot driver, a 24-year-old man from Derby, was airlifted to UHNS with serious injuries, while the rear seat passenger, a four-year-old girl, was taken by ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, also with serious injuries.

Their injuries are also not thought to be life-threatening.

The front seat passenger, a 25-year-old woman from Wolverhampton, was taken to Queen’s by ambulance with serious injuries.

She remains in a critical condition.

“This was a very serious collision and a detailed investigation is continuing to establish the circumstances,” said Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, local policing team commander for East Staffordshire.

He urged any witnesses to contact Sergeant Julian Browning or PC Phillip Smith on 101, quoting incident number 697 of April 27

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