Toddler killed on ‘dangerous’ road

General View of the B1101 at Friday Bridge where a fatal collision happend on 24/09/12.
General View of the B1101 at Friday Bridge where a fatal collision happend on 24/09/12.

A FATAL accident which claimed the life of a one-year-old March girl on Monday morning has prompted calls for action by a parish councillor.

John Brand, Chairman of Elm Parish Council, said they have wanted better signs warning drivers about the high number of accidents along the B1101 between March and Friday Bridge for many years but without success.

He would also like to see double white lines along the stretch of the road where the accident happened on Monday in which Francesca McLoughlin of Kingfisher Close, died.

The 47-year-old driver of the Peugeot car in which she was travelling, believed to be her father, is in a critical but stable condition in Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

He was taken to the Cambridge hospital by air ambulance after the incident, which left the road closed for around five hours.

The 49-year-old driver of the other vehicle, a Ford Mondeo, who was from Nordelph was also taken to hospital following the crash, which happened at around 10.17am, but was later discharged.

Mr Brand said the stretch of road where Monday’s accident happened has already claimed the lives of at least two others in recent years and pointed out there is no signage along it.

“There is nothing telling drivers to slow down, or warning them about the s-bends.

“Most of the accidents are down to driver error but signs might help by warning people about how dangerous the road is,” said Mr Brand, who said the parish council would definitely be discussing the issue again.

“The trouble is there is no money about at the moment and this is only a B road, but it is time something was done to improve the signs. Some people may take no notice, but it might make others think,” he added.

County council figures show there were 20 accidents between Coldham and Friday Bridge between 2007 and 2011 - including one fatal and two serious..

A county council spokesman said a police investigation would determine the cause of Monday’s accident but they would be happy to discuss the parish council‘s safety concerns.

He also said their thoughts were with the family at this sad time.

Police are appealing for witnesses to Monday’s accident which saw two fire crews from Wisbech together with the rescue appliance from Dogsthorpe attend the scene and help release one casualty and also assist with CPR on two casualties.

Sergeant Chris Huggins said: “I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw either vehicle in the moments leading up to the collision.”

Anyone with information should contact the roads policing unit on 101.