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Fatal crash on A258 Deal to Sandwich road sparks safety calls

By Eleanor Perkins

Fresh calls to improve the safety of the A258 Deal to Sandwich road have been made following the death of a woman after a head-on collision.

The 53-year-old, who has not yet been named, was airlifted to hospital after the crash at Hacklinge last Tuesday.

She died from her injuries on Friday night.

A fatal crash on the road has sparked safety calls

A fatal crash on the road has sparked safety calls

Angela Farrington, who lives on the road, has now spoken out about the area’s safety and says she will support any action to stop more injuries and deaths.

She said: “I would like to see whatever it takes to stop people having these accidents – whether it’s a solid white line, a double white line, a further speed reduction or hazardous signs warnings people of the exits.

“I don’t know what is causing accidents but anything that is going to help stop them would be worth it.”

Her plea comes after police attended a second accident involving a car in a ditch at the same spot on Tuesday this week.

She has campaigned for road safety improvements in the past.

“I would like to see whatever it takes... I don’t know what is causing accidents but anything that is going to help stop them would be worth it.” -  Angela Farrington

Mrs Farrington called for people to stop overtaking other vehicles – even tractors.

She added: “It may be a straight road but people don’t realise there are 11 entrances and exits between Bridge Hill and Hacklinge Hill.

“If there is a tractor on the road, people should sit back and wait like many others do.

“People are just so impatient these days and I think that’s half the problem.

“The wait from Deal to Sandwich is no time at all in the scheme of things. I would rather sit behind a tractor and be safe.”

Mike Barnes, owner of The Coach and Horses for 15 years, said “the road is a death trap” and suggested speed cameras as a deterrent.

He said: “The speeds we see every day and night, I’m surprised there aren’t more accidents.”

Stephanie Longley, shop assistant at Felderland Farm Shop, said: “People don’t abide by the speed limit. Cameras would slow them down.”

Sandwich town and district councillor feels the crash has been a wake up call.

He said: “I’m very concerned that the road is an A road and is used by a lot of traffic. It’s narrow with lots of rural sub roads coming off it.

“Maybe the incidents that have happened are a wake up call for the road to be looked at.”

The 53-year-old woman who died was travelling in a green Renault Clio. The front seat passenger, a woman, remains in hospital in a stable condition.

A 31-year-old woman and two children travelling in the a brown Peugeot 3008 sustained minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital.

Police renewed their appeal for witnesses on Saturday after the death was announced.

Call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538 quoting reference 20-0677 or email sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk.



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