Man, 97, fights for life after crash in accident black spot village (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Man, 97, fights for life after crash in accident black spot village
3:47pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
A 97-YEAR-OLD man is fighting for his life and another pensioner has been seriously injured after two cars crashed in a village with a history of fatal road accidents.
A Subaru Impreza rallying-style car heading towards Leyburn, North Yorkshire, was in collision with a Subaru Forester 4X4 travelling towards Bedale on the A684, in Patrick Brompton, on Sunday (September 1), shortly after 3pm.
It is understood the collision happened on a straight section of road near the bus stop in the Lower Wensleydale village.
A 97-year-old man from Bedale, who was a passenger in the Forester, sustained severe injuries and was airlifted to the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, where his condition was last night said to be critical, but stable.
The car’s 71-year-old driver, of Leeming Bar, near Bedale, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital, where he was yesterday (Monday, September 2) described as being stable.
The driver of the Impreza, a 27-year-old woman from Harrogate, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the Friarage Hospital, in Northallerton, before being released. Two young children in the car were unhurt.
North Yorkshire Police has launched an investigation into the collision and appealed for witnesses who saw the cars before or as they reached the village.
The village, which features a 90-degree bend on the A684, has been the scene of four deaths in the last seven years, including two soldiers from RAF Leeming and a Northallerton College student in 2006 and a pensioner from Fremington, near Richmond, in 2008.
Patrick Brompton Parish Council has been pressing for additional road safety measures in the village for several years following mounting concerns about irresponsible driving.
The council’s chairman, Councillor Richard Ormston, said he was not surprised that there had been another serious accident in the village.
He said after repeatedly raising the issue of road safety in Patrick Brompton with North Yorkshire County Council, highways officers had conducted tests at one of the slowest sections of the village last year and found the average speed of vehicles to be slightly above the 30mph limit.
Coun Ormston said: “We have had our fair share of crashes, people speed into the village and it is not just now and again that you see people driving while using mobile phones.”
He said the parish council would revisit the issue at its next meeting on September 18.
Anyone with information about the collision should call police on 101 or email Chris.Graham-Marlow@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk
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