Fourth fatal car accident on Didcot road

Police and recovery at the scene

Police and recovery at the scene

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A WOMAN has been killed in a crash on a stretch of road near Didcot where there have been a series of fatal accidents.

The 68-year-old woman from Wallingford was pronounced dead at the scene, on the A4130 at Hadden Hill, yesterday morning.

It was the fourth fatal accident on the stretch of road since 2005 and the eighth accident in 12 months.

In May 2012, Jack Varney, 19, and Rhys Roberts, 21, both from Didcot, died when the car they were in crashed into a wall.

 

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The car is taken away

At the start of last year, following campaigning by county councillor Patrick Greene, 40mph roundels were painted on the road between the Long Wittenham crossroads and the Tesco roundabout to remind drivers of the speed limit.

It is not known what caused the crash yesterday, which involved two cars at about 7.10am.

The woman was driving a red Suzuki Baleno from Wallingford towards Didcot and collided with a black Renault Traffic travelling in the opposite direction.

The road was closed for more than five hours while an investigation was carried out.

A man in his 20s was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital with minor injuries but the woman, who has not yet been named, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The van involved in the crash

Mr Greene, who represents the Moreton division, said there was a high volume of traffic on the road at present because of a road closure at Fulscot Bridge.

He said: “There is a diversion in place which means more drivers are turning into South Moreton.

“It is an unusual set of circumstances and it is going to go on for a month or so.

“We can tell people it is 40mph as much as we can, but people still have to drive safely.

“If people do not keep to the speed limit, especially around there where the vision isn’t great, then it is more dangerous.”

After the deaths of Mr Varney and Mr Roberts, friend Clifford Oakes, who leads charity group the Thong Rangers, organised a fundraiser in their memory.

Speaking yesterday, he said: “They have restricted the speed limit but it is down to the drivers themselves to abide by it.

“It is a dangerous road and it has taken a lot of lives.

“They should have speed cameras there – there are so many blind spots.”

Police are asking for witnesses to call them on 101.

Pc Sandra Terry, of Thames Valley Police roads policing team, said: “I would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the area and witnessed the collision, or seen either of the vehicles involved prior to the incident.”

In the past 11 years there have been 44 accidents, Oxfordshire County Council figures show.

The statistics include three fatal accidents, in 2005, 2006 and 2012.

The speed limit was reduced for 50mph to 40mph after Shane Vaughan, 19, died in a crash on Christmas Day 2006.

In 1992, Gary Jennings, 19, from Didcot, died in a crash near the entrance to Hadden Hill Golf Club, after an Austin Metro carrying eight people overturned.

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9:02am Fri 7 Feb 14

livid99 says...

Condolences to those involved in another tragic accident on this road. That stretch really is a scary bit of road to drive on. Some proper work to repair some of the atrocious holes and erosion along the edge of the road would make it much safer. In some places the choice is between swerving towards oncoming traffic, or hitting a car-breaking hole.
Condolences to those involved in another tragic accident on this road. That stretch really is a scary bit of road to drive on. Some proper work to repair some of the atrocious holes and erosion along the edge of the road would make it much safer. In some places the choice is between swerving towards oncoming traffic, or hitting a car-breaking hole. livid99
  • Score: 7

9:11am Fri 7 Feb 14

Adrian1 says...

My condolences to the family and friends. I note that today one of the 'accident here' signs has been washed down the verge as the fields are currently releasing their stored water across the carriageway to a depth of 2". I note water pushing up through the road like last year. I note bridges closed like last year. I note we have yet to build thousands more homes, loads more industry and no new roads or bridges just extra traffic lights and defunct calming measures. Get used to gridlocks and fatalities because those in authority seem to imagine that as existing roads close and clog and people get increasingly frustrated everything will just carry on just dandy.
My condolences to the family and friends. I note that today one of the 'accident here' signs has been washed down the verge as the fields are currently releasing their stored water across the carriageway to a depth of 2". I note water pushing up through the road like last year. I note bridges closed like last year. I note we have yet to build thousands more homes, loads more industry and no new roads or bridges just extra traffic lights and defunct calming measures. Get used to gridlocks and fatalities because those in authority seem to imagine that as existing roads close and clog and people get increasingly frustrated everything will just carry on just dandy. Adrian1
  • Score: 8

11:58am Fri 7 Feb 14

downsview says...

Spot on Adrian

Absolute rubbish of the local Cllr to say the diversion of the SMoreton road is a factor in this roads problems.
OCC wake up and commit to upgrading the A4130 to an acceptable standard kerbs proper drainage a pavement/cyclepath to take bikes off the road would be a start!
Spot on Adrian Absolute rubbish of the local Cllr to say the diversion of the SMoreton road is a factor in this roads problems. OCC wake up and commit to upgrading the A4130 to an acceptable standard kerbs proper drainage a pavement/cyclepath to take bikes off the road would be a start! downsview
  • Score: 5

2:35pm Fri 7 Feb 14

EMBOX2 says...

I am sure the 2000 new homes north of Didcot won't have the slighest impact on traffic levels on this, or any other local road.

Hmm.
I am sure the 2000 new homes north of Didcot won't have the slighest impact on traffic levels on this, or any other local road. Hmm. EMBOX2
  • Score: 4

2:36pm Fri 7 Feb 14

tinsel84 says...

downsview wrote:
Spot on Adrian

Absolute rubbish of the local Cllr to say the diversion of the SMoreton road is a factor in this roads problems.
OCC wake up and commit to upgrading the A4130 to an acceptable standard kerbs proper drainage a pavement/cyclepath to take bikes off the road would be a start!
This road also needs to be straightened! As far as I can see, there is nothing but field surrounding these hairpin bends. Surely it's time to get a CPO and straighten it and save lives!
[quote][p][bold]downsview[/bold] wrote: Spot on Adrian Absolute rubbish of the local Cllr to say the diversion of the SMoreton road is a factor in this roads problems. OCC wake up and commit to upgrading the A4130 to an acceptable standard kerbs proper drainage a pavement/cyclepath to take bikes off the road would be a start![/p][/quote]This road also needs to be straightened! As far as I can see, there is nothing but field surrounding these hairpin bends. Surely it's time to get a CPO and straighten it and save lives! tinsel84
  • Score: 2

8:24am Sat 8 Feb 14

Didcot13 says...

My heart goes out to these poor family's involved. That part of the road needs sorting out simple! The fulscot Bridge closure is a excuse, that road is always very busy at that time of day. The state of the road is appalling with the fields spewing water out like a massive hosepipe onto the road it's like a river at times! The 3 drains on the side of the road have now turned into massive pot holes another accident waiting to happen as people approach them & automatically swerve to avoid wrecking their vehicle. Why has the council not been out to make temporary safe adjustments whilst we are experiencing this awful weather?
My heart goes out to these poor family's involved. That part of the road needs sorting out simple! The fulscot Bridge closure is a excuse, that road is always very busy at that time of day. The state of the road is appalling with the fields spewing water out like a massive hosepipe onto the road it's like a river at times! The 3 drains on the side of the road have now turned into massive pot holes another accident waiting to happen as people approach them & automatically swerve to avoid wrecking their vehicle. Why has the council not been out to make temporary safe adjustments whilst we are experiencing this awful weather? Didcot13
  • Score: 4

8:48am Sat 8 Feb 14

the wizard says...

While of course my sympathies and condolences to the families and loved ones in the same breathe I point the finger of blame at O.C.C.
For longer than most can remember Oxfordshire has had an appalling record with roads, road maintenance and traffic management. Many roads are still carrying damage and the scars of last winter let alone this winters further erosion. The OCC record is one Cllr Hudspeth and all his predecessors should be ashamed of and surely now it is time for a major policy revue by fresh faces and some positive action. The whole county is suffering from lack of forward thought and infra structure planning, and all the county towns are copying the errors over and over again. If this action was replicated in the private sector jobs would have gone and heads would have rolled long ago, instead of which these public paid under performers are allowed to continue in their posts, disgraceful !!!
While of course my sympathies and condolences to the families and loved ones in the same breathe I point the finger of blame at O.C.C. For longer than most can remember Oxfordshire has had an appalling record with roads, road maintenance and traffic management. Many roads are still carrying damage and the scars of last winter let alone this winters further erosion. The OCC record is one Cllr Hudspeth and all his predecessors should be ashamed of and surely now it is time for a major policy revue by fresh faces and some positive action. The whole county is suffering from lack of forward thought and infra structure planning, and all the county towns are copying the errors over and over again. If this action was replicated in the private sector jobs would have gone and heads would have rolled long ago, instead of which these public paid under performers are allowed to continue in their posts, disgraceful !!! the wizard
  • Score: 3

11:17am Tue 11 Feb 14

piper2011 says...

interesting to note bar been this poor lady all the deaths have been teenage boys ! there is no such thing as a dangerous road only dangerous drivers
interesting to note bar been this poor lady all the deaths have been teenage boys ! there is no such thing as a dangerous road only dangerous drivers piper2011
  • Score: 5

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