Woman dies on grim weekend for A16 drivers in South Holland

A 20-year-old woman has died after her car collided with a HGV on the A16 between Surfleet and Gosberton on Friday afternoon.

Monday, 29th February 2016, 5:00 pm
Police at the scene where a Ford Focus and Citreon were in collision on the A16 in Crowland. Photo by David Lowndes.

The woman, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, was driving a blue Renault Clio that collided with a Scania HGV near the roundabout linking Gosberton with Sutterton shortly before 4.10pm.

Paramedics attempted to treat the woman but she was pronounced dead at the scene and her immediate family have beeb informed.

The Scania driver, which came from Fleet Hargate, was uninjured.

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It was the second of two crashes on the A16 on Friday after a Ford Focus and Citreon collided in Crowland, near the roundabout with A47 Eye Road, at about 7.40am.

A 52-year-old woman driver from one of the cars was to Peterborough City Hospital with internal injuries that weren’t thought to be life-threatening.

The stretch of road where the crash occurred was closed for about five hours while both cars were recovered.

Meanwhile, Lincolnshire Police confirmed that the fatality on Friday afternoon was the 14th on Lincolnshire’s roads so far this year, compared to just three at the same period last year.

Anyone who saw the fatal crash, or either vehicle leading up to it, should call the Lincolnshire Police Collision Witness Hotline on 01522 5588551, quoting incident 253 of February 26.

Meanwhile, a near-400 per cent rise in the number of fatalities on Lincolnshire’s roads, including Friday’s crash on the A16, is concerning for Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP).

John Siddle, LRSP’s communications manager, said: “Whilst we cannot comment on those incidents that are under investigation, it is becoming clear that we are suffering a similar amount of incidents and casualties that came about at the turn of the century when 104 people died on our roads in 1999 (also in 2003).

“The causation factors then included drivers travelling too fast for the conditions, as well as speed, travelling too close to the vehicle in front and not allowing enough time for the journey.

“Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of those that have tragically lost their lives.

“However, as with all casualty collisions, they will be investigated to find the causation factors and if there are any issues that can be addressed by our casualty reduction officers, road safety officers or highways engineers, we will do so.”

Mr Siddle’s warning came as a Freedom of Information request by BBC Radio 5 Live revealed that, last year, 114 motorists were caught by Lincolnshire Police for travelling at more than 100mph.