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A38 Looe junction crash sparks concern from MP Sheryll Murray

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

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Politicians and council chiefs have called for action on a “dangerous” road junction, following another crash involving an elderly couple.

The Looe junction of the A38, East-bound between Liskeard and Trerulefoot, has been the subject of much controversy in recent years with several collisions – some fatal – occurring on the bypass.

On the morning of Friday, August 22, two elderly people from St Columb were cut free by firefighters after a collision at the Looe junction.

Six firefighters on one appliance from Liskeard attended the call, where fire crews cut free a man in his 80s and a woman in her 70s. Ambulance paramedics treated them on scene before they were taken to Derriford Hospital.

The driver of the other van involved was also taken to Derriford after complaining of chest pains.

A police spokesman said: “The elderly couple were both unconscious and unresponsive when first found but later came around and were freed from the vehicle before being treated. Neither have sustained life threatening injuries.”

After the latest in a string of incidents, MP for South East Cornwall Sheryll Murray has called for improvements to be made.

“We see so many accidents at that junction, I know local councillors have been raising the point for years.” she said.

“I need to write to the Secretary of State and raise it again. They are so dangerous; we shouldn’t be seeing road layouts like that in this day and age. Improvements need to be made. We have really got to keep fighting for this.”

A statement from the Highways Agency said it would look into any clusters of accidents to see if there were any changes that could be made but the problem may be beyond its control.

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  • welsh_exile  |  September 01 2014, 10:43AM

    Even if that particular junction was improved (not that there's anything wrong with it now anyway) the looney drivers would just find some other junction to crash at so it would be a bit of a waste of resources really.