Calls for safety improvements on ‘dangerous’ road following fatal crash

The scene on the A47 near Wansford where a car crashed killing two people
The scene on the A47 near Wansford where a car crashed killing two people
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Calls have been made for safety improvements on a ‘dangerous’ road where two people were killed and a three-year-old boy was critically injured in a crash.

Samantha Durber, 27, from Fletton, Peterborough, died following a collision between a Ford Focus and a Land Rover Discovery on the A47 near Sacrewell Farm just after 10am on Sunday.

She died along with a man who has not yet formally been named but is understood to be her husband Stephen Durber.

Their three-year-old son Lucas was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge with two broken legs and head injuries. He had surgery on Wednesday and it is hoped he will make a recovery.

All three were travelling in the Ford Focus.

Two people from Nottingham who were travelling in the Land Rover suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

The crash happened on a notorious stretch of the A47 and the road was closed for several hours while emergency services attended the scene.

Sunday’s incident was the latest in a number of accidents along the road and now calls have been made for much needed improvements.

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson (Con) said: “There have been a growing number of accidents on the A47 and something needs to be done.

“Many local roads, including parts of the A47 in rural areas are in a bad state and this can’t be allowed to continue. The highways agency needs to work closer with councils.”

Brian Gascoyne, from Millfield and New England Regeneration Partnership, said: “The stretch of the A47 where the accident happened is very dangerous.

“The road is bendy and there is a dip which means you often can’t see cars coming up it towards you until they are only a few metres away.

“There have been so many accidents there over the years, the first I remember seeing was the wreckage of a head-on collision between two cars over 40 years ago. It was horrific and it saddens me that nothing has been done since that time.

“The road needs straightening. I believe this would make it less dangerous.”