Fatal crash in North Yorkshire sparks accident blackspot action call (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Fatal crash in North Yorkshire sparks accident blackspot action call
RESIDENTS living near a hilltop accident blackspot have appealed for the speed limit to be cut following the death of a motorcyclist.
A man, who has not been named by police, was riding a Yamaha motorcycle from Northallerton towards the A19 when he collided with a tractor on Sunday, at 3.10pm.
Police said he sustained fatal injuries in the crash at the Foxton Lane junction of the A684 at Winton Bank.
The 60mph road remained closed until 10.30pm on Sunday for accident investigators to examine the scene.
The cause of the accident has not been revealed.
The stretch of road features double white lines and several warning signs, including ones indicating an S-bend, a slippery road, tractors turning and a junction, and has been the scene of numerous accidents in the past decade.
In June 2010, charity worker Dolly Cruddis, 25, of Wheatley Hill, County Durham, died after losing control of her Vauxhall Corsa on the hill as she headed towards the A19 on the winding and undulating road and hit an oncoming car.
Two months earlier, motorcyclist David Sanderson, 39, from Redcar, died after his Kawasaki motorcycle was in collision with a Land Rover Freelander at Winton Bank.
In August 2008, a motorist escaped with his life after his car slammed into the side of a lorry carrying cement and burst into flames on the hill.
Hazel and Harold Waite, who have lived in nearby Foxton for 30 years, said both the volumes and speed of traffic passing the junction had increased significantly in recent years and that turning in or out of the junction was dangerous.
Mrs Waite said: “The traffic coming from Northallerton moves at a lick and at the junction I only turn one way as you can only see 50 yards down the road.”
Former vehicle mechanic Mr Waite said he would like to see the 40mph limit on the A684 at nearby Ellerbeck extended to include Winton Bank.
North Hambleton county councillor Tim Swales said he would ask the authority’s highways department to examine what could be done to improve safety on the stretch of road.
Coun Swales said: “This is an important issue that will be discussed with the police and fire service at a community safety meeting next week.”
Witnesses should call police on 101 or email email@example.com
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