Thames Valley Police reveal rise in road collision deaths

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Image caption The rise in fatal collisions is described as "disappointing" by police

More people were killed on roads in the Thames Valley area in 2014 than in the year before.

The force said the figure rose by 21 to 78 people killed in 72 traffic collisions.

Head of roads policing Ch Insp Henry Parsons said each fatality caused "untold misery and distress".

In 2013 57 people died in 55 fatal collisions. More pedestrians and cyclists were killed this year.

Mr Parsons said: "The rise in fatal collisions across the Thames Valley is exceptionally disappointing with each fatality causing untold misery and distress to the loved ones of the people who died.

"The causes of the collisions are varied, with many still under investigation.

"Some of these involve criminal investigations for causing death by dangerous driving or death by careless driving."

Although the figure for pedestrians, cyclists, car drivers, their passengers and heavy goods vehicles drivers rose, the number of motorcyclists killed fell.

In 2014 in Buckinghamshire 20 people died in 16 collisions; in Berkshire 19 people died in 18 collisions; in Milton Keynes 12 people died in 11 collisions and in Oxfordshire 27 people died in 27 collisions.

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