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Pensioner seriously hurt in car accident which shuts main road near Burton – Derbyshire Live

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A 79-year-old has been taken to hospital after suffering serious injuries in a crash in an East Staffordshire village.

All three emergency services were called to junction of the  A515 and Forest road  in Draycott in the Clay after an accident involving a Volkswagen Polo and Land Rover Discovery.

The OAP was a passenger in the Land Rover and had to be freed from the crashed vehicle by fire crews.

Crews were called at around 8am this morning, Tuesday, June 18, and the road has now been closed all morning while officers deal with the aftermath of the accident.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Officers have closed the A515 in both directions near to Draycott-in-the-Clay due to a serious road traffic collision which happened at around 8am this morning, June 18.

“The collision involved a VW Polo and Land Rover Discovery. A 79-year-old man who was a passenger in one of the vehicles sustained serious injuries to his leg, head and chest.

Police at the scene in Draycott in the Clay

“He has been taken by ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The road will remain closed while colleagues from Highways clean oil from the road surface.”

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called to the junction at 8.05am to reports of a car that had overturned.

One ambulance attended, along with one paramedic officer and a critical care officer from Midlands Air Ambulance.

The spokesman said: “We treated one man who had suffered serious injuries. He was extricated from the vehicle with help from the fire service before he was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.”

Fire crews from Burton and Abbots Bromley attended to help release the man from the vehicle.

Drivers who regularly use the road are now calling for something to be done after regularly witnessing crashes and near misses in what is known as an accident blackspot.

Speed cameras and an island are among some of the suggestions to help prevent the accidents.

One motorist who regularly uses the route said: “For as long as I can remember Six Lanes End has been a particularly bad junction.

“This isn’t the first accident and certainly won’t be the last until something is done.

“I think it should be an island.

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“How many accidents will it take for the council to step up and make the changes needed.”

Another motorist, who uses the junction every day, said: “I think something needs to be done about the junction because it is impossible to predict where people are going even if they are indicating.

“There are two roads you can go down turning left and two going right off the main road.

“This is really concerning news this morning. I hope the man makes a full recovery.

“There has been so many accidents at this junction over the years.”

Lorry driver Barry Lovatt said: “This crossroads is dangerous, I have to lean right out to see round.”

Tanker driver Neil Briggs said: “It is dangerous. It’s hard to see up and down the road.

Police have closed off the road

“Should have a round about or traffic lights or something. It’s a disaster waiting to happen at the end of the day.”

Lorry driver Lee Bowles said: “Speed cameras not doing anything, they need moving nearer to slow you down as you come up to the junction.”

Lorry driver Nick Powles said: “Traffic lights need to be here, I’ve been driving round here for 30 years and it’s always been like this.

“It’s really dark at night, they need to put some lights up.

“The council should cut back the hedges so you can see who’s coming.

“I see near misses every week, you’re looking at 50-60 near misses a day. I reckon over the last 20 years 60-70 people have died.”

Neil Briggs said: “These accidents have a knock on effect.

“Lorry drivers are losing time stuck here for four hours.”

Lorry driver Paul Humphrey said: “It’s a bad junction really, probably needs more speed cameras. I’ve had to phone up and let them know I’m not going anywhere.”

 

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