Gloucestershire

Residents call for action at A48 car crash site

People living near the scene of a fatal car crash in the Forest of Dean have called for action to make it safer.

Residents of Minsterworth, on the A48, said there had been 19 crashes there in the past 18 months.

The latest collision, in which a man died, happened near the Severn Bore Inn on Wednesday.

Gloucestershire County Council's highways department said it was working with the police to address safety.

Stan Akaster, who lives about 100m from the crash scene, said: "I think the only way to actually stop it [the collisions] is to decrease the speed limit to, say, 40mph and put a speed camera there.

"I know it's a bit of a nanny state and they will say the pot is empty, but something has to be done.

"How many lives do we have to lose before somebody who makes those decisions does something about it?"

A council spokesman said: "We are aware of people's concerns about this stretch of road and have been working with the police to address safety issues.

"Last week we resurfaced the road in this area and we will wait for the outcome of this investigation before deciding if anything else needs to be done."

Accident investigation

In the latest incident a blue Subaru Impreza was in collision with a white Mercedes Sprinter van.

The driver of the Subaru, a 24-year-old man from Lydney, died at the scene and the van driver, a 46-year-old man from Cinderford, was taken to hospital with a fractured leg.

Insp Keith Fagan, of Gloucestershire Police said: "We are currently investigating this collision and it would be wrong to speculate about what caused it at this time.

"As with all collision investigations we will be looking at the environment including aspects like topography and the road surface, as well as the crash itself.

"All our findings will be handed over to the coroner or be processed through the judicial system once the investigation is complete."

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