Safety concerns over Essex road

A CRASH in the same place as a young girl lost her life has raised serious questions over road safety Four months after animal sanctuary worker Laura Barker lost her life at the age of 27, another accident at the same location nearly took the life of an e

A CRASH in the same place as a young girl lost her life has raised serious questions over road safety

Four months after animal sanctuary worker Laura Barker lost her life at the age of 27, another accident at the same location nearly took the life of an elderly woman.

On Wednesday of last week the woman swerved off the road and crashed into a grass verge at Hudson's Hill just outside Wethersfield.

Fire crews from Braintree and Colchester were scrambled to the scene at around 2.30pm to cut the woman free.


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After being trapped for half an hour she was whisked away to hospital in an ambulance.

Although only one car was involved in the accident, questions over speeds in the area have been raised again as a result of the accident.

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Residents who live in the east end of the village have said that they would like to see the 30mph speed limit extended, but Wethersfield parish clerk John Sheldrake believes it is more down to driver error and the layout of the roads then speed limits. He said: "I have been clerk for 10 years and in my time I haven't seen too many serious accidents on that stretch of road in particular. It is a country lane like any other, and drivers have to take care wherever they are on such winding and twisty roads."

Mr Sheldrake said that the parish council had no plans to put in any requests to extend the speed signs out from the current position, to include Hudson's Hill, which is currently at national speed limit.

He said: "I don't think it would make any difference at all, because accidents on that road are caused more by the geography of the road, than people travelling at high speeds."

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