We must check the safety of this road

This Is Wiltshire: A man was killed in an accident involving two lorries on the A420 A man was killed in an accident involving two lorries on the A420

SUNDAY’S fatal collision between a car and two lorries is just the latest in string of accidents to occur along the same stretch of the A420.

During the past five years, 17 accidents have taken place between Buckland Road and the B4508 – a two-mile stretch of road where Sunday’s incident took place.

Although data provided by Oxfordshire County Council shows that 14 of the recorded incidents since 2009 to the end of February this year were slight, there was one fatality in 2012 and two accidents were considered to be serious.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, a man in his 30s, who has yet to be identified, died after his car was in collision with two lorries on the vital commuter link between Swindon and Oxford.

The incident took place at around 3.50am and involved a white Seat Leon car, a white articulated DAF lorry and a white articulated Volvo lorry.

The driver of the Seat was pronounced dead at the scene while a female passenger was rushed to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where she continues to receive treatment for her serious injuries.

MP for South Swindon, Robert Buckland, said: “First and foremost it’s a human tragedy and my heart goes out to the family, it must be awful.

“The A420 is a very important road especially for Swindon because of the links between Swindon and the Oxford area.

“It’s an important link road for a lot of commuters and Swindon residents who work in the Oxford area and use that part of the road, and it’s an important road for economic reasons.

“I do think it’s important to check the safety of the road and that there needs to be a safe linking road from Swindon to the Oxford area.

“If the road or a stretch of road needs updating and there is a danger to drivers then it needs to be maintained and I know that Swindon Council and Oxfordshire County Council regularly check and maintain the roads.

“I know that part of the road has been updated over the years.

“It’s a 50 mile per hour speed limit along that road and I think this will serve to remind people of that along that stretch of the A420. If it is not safe then it ill have to be looked at and improved.”

A spokesman for Oxfordshire County Council said: “The council will be carrying out an investigation with Thames Valley Police in due course to try to determine the cause of this accident.”

Anyone with information regarding the collision should contact the Road Death Investigation Unit on Thames Valley Police’s 24-hour non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org

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3:13pm Tue 8 Apr 14

nobody says...

Roads are not dangerous, it's the idiots who do not know how to alter their driving for the given weather/road conditions or traffic levels.
Some people seem to think the speed limit is a target that must be met at all costs. Worse still are the drivers who just don't care about anyone else but themselves.
Roads are not dangerous, it's the idiots who do not know how to alter their driving for the given weather/road conditions or traffic levels. Some people seem to think the speed limit is a target that must be met at all costs. Worse still are the drivers who just don't care about anyone else but themselves. nobody
  • Score: 14

3:18pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Ladyharvey says...

I use ths road every day to go to and from work... It amazes me that there hasnt been more accidents! The way people drive on this road is ridiculous.
The council could do with re-doing the road with the amount of holes in it as well, it's disgusting!
I use ths road every day to go to and from work... It amazes me that there hasnt been more accidents! The way people drive on this road is ridiculous. The council could do with re-doing the road with the amount of holes in it as well, it's disgusting! Ladyharvey
  • Score: 10

4:15pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Davey Gravey says...

Nothing wrong with the road, just the idiots on it.
Nothing wrong with the road, just the idiots on it. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 9

4:42pm Tue 8 Apr 14

umpcah says...

Ladyharvey wrote:
I use ths road every day to go to and from work... It amazes me that there hasnt been more accidents! The way people drive on this road is ridiculous.
The council could do with re-doing the road with the amount of holes in it as well, it's disgusting!
The council could do with re-doing the road with the amount of holes in it as well, it's disgusting . That goes for the majority of roads in the area !
[quote][p][bold]Ladyharvey[/bold] wrote: I use ths road every day to go to and from work... It amazes me that there hasnt been more accidents! The way people drive on this road is ridiculous. The council could do with re-doing the road with the amount of holes in it as well, it's disgusting![/p][/quote]The council could do with re-doing the road with the amount of holes in it as well, it's disgusting . That goes for the majority of roads in the area ! umpcah
  • Score: 0

5:08pm Tue 8 Apr 14

LordCharles says...

Driver awareness prevents ALL driver error accidents. Awareness of road ahead, behind you, speed, road condition and weather condition. If all drivers had more pride in their driving instead using their car as an extension of their home settees there would be fewer "accidents". Driving is a skill set - not an X Box game. Bad driving can kill kill you. You cannot reset your score from under a lorry.
Driver awareness prevents ALL driver error accidents. Awareness of road ahead, behind you, speed, road condition and weather condition. If all drivers had more pride in their driving instead using their car as an extension of their home settees there would be fewer "accidents". Driving is a skill set - not an X Box game. Bad driving can kill kill you. You cannot reset your score from under a lorry. LordCharles
  • Score: 7

5:40pm Tue 8 Apr 14

The Black Hand says...

Fed Ex man at 5.15 should take note drives like a lunatic every day
Fed Ex man at 5.15 should take note drives like a lunatic every day The Black Hand
  • Score: 3

5:48pm Tue 8 Apr 14

umpcah says...

The tragic incident mentioned above took place at around 3.50 am. Without reference to this incident ,we all know the dangers of drinking and driving but it`s my belief that many accidents are caused by driver fatigue. Driver awareness is so often reduced by long journeys without breaks and journeys made after bedtime. Please bear this in mind chaps !
The tragic incident mentioned above took place at around 3.50 am. Without reference to this incident ,we all know the dangers of drinking and driving but it`s my belief that many accidents are caused by driver fatigue. Driver awareness is so often reduced by long journeys without breaks and journeys made after bedtime. Please bear this in mind chaps ! [ and chapesses ! ] umpcah
  • Score: 6

8:23pm Tue 8 Apr 14

MrAngry says...

LordCharles wrote:
Driver awareness prevents ALL driver error accidents. Awareness of road ahead, behind you, speed, road condition and weather condition. If all drivers had more pride in their driving instead using their car as an extension of their home settees there would be fewer "accidents". Driving is a skill set - not an X Box game. Bad driving can kill kill you. You cannot reset your score from under a lorry.
Driver awareness won't protect you from someone driving like an idiot. Driver error might be the cause of most accidents, but you can still be the victim of someone else's error.
[quote][p][bold]LordCharles[/bold] wrote: Driver awareness prevents ALL driver error accidents. Awareness of road ahead, behind you, speed, road condition and weather condition. If all drivers had more pride in their driving instead using their car as an extension of their home settees there would be fewer "accidents". Driving is a skill set - not an X Box game. Bad driving can kill kill you. You cannot reset your score from under a lorry.[/p][/quote]Driver awareness won't protect you from someone driving like an idiot. Driver error might be the cause of most accidents, but you can still be the victim of someone else's error. MrAngry
  • Score: 3

10:41pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Al Smith says...

Just like the A417 at Birdlip the A420 needs to become a dual carriageway. Like the A417/9 the A420 could the be used as link between two motorways and between Oxford and Bristol/Swindon. I'm sure we were told back in the 1980/90s that the A420 would be improved and other than the Kingston Bagpuize bypass we've had nothing.
Just like the A417 at Birdlip the A420 needs to become a dual carriageway. Like the A417/9 the A420 could the be used as link between two motorways and between Oxford and Bristol/Swindon. I'm sure we were told back in the 1980/90s that the A420 would be improved and other than the Kingston Bagpuize bypass we've had nothing. Al Smith
  • Score: 2

7:12am Wed 9 Apr 14

house on the hill says...

95% of all accidents are driver error, so we can blame roads all we like but clearly the problem lies with the users and not the infrastructure.
95% of all accidents are driver error, so we can blame roads all we like but clearly the problem lies with the users and not the infrastructure. house on the hill
  • Score: 2

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