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Safety survey for Lincolnshire death crash road

Crash scene
Image caption The family's car collided with a lorry on the A18 near Laceby

A road is to be closed for a safety survey following the death of a family of five in a car crash.

Angela and David Cockburn, their two daughters and granddaughter, died on the A18 near Grimsby in April 2013.

Following an inquest into their deaths in March, the coroner criticised the road's maintenance and instructed North East Lincolnshire Council to commission a review into the road's safety

The council said a section would be closed for one week from 8 August.

The inquest heard evidence that opportunities were missed to fix a defect in the road.

Recording a narrative verdict, coroner Paul Kelly said: "In the meantime the road has continued to deteriorate. I do not have confidence in the contractor or authority."

The survey will be carried out in three phases along the stretch of the A18 between the junction with the A46 Laceby Road and the North East Lincolnshire boundary near Ludborough.

During each closure the road will be shut between 07:30 and 18:00 BST to all vehicles except those requiring access to local businesses and homes.

Tony Maione, from North East Lincolnshire Council said the survey's findings would be published.

"The report has been commissioned jointly with our partners Engie, the company that manages the highway network on the Council's behalf," he said.

"Ultimately, the purpose of this work is to prevent such a tragedy occurring again on this stretch of the A18."

Mrs Cockburn 48, Mr Cockburn, 49, their daughters Carley Ann, 21, Bethany, 18, and Bethany's one-year-old daughter Lacie, from County Durham, were travelling to Skegness for a dance competition when their car collided with a lorry in Laceby.

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Image caption The crash happened as the family were travelling to a dance competition in Skegness

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