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Coroner calls for report on state of road

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 17, 2013

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Road bosses are to write to a Devon coroner to explain how they will improve safety on the A396 following the death of a popular North Devon teenager.

Dr Elizabeth Earland has told Devon County Council that poor drainage on a stretch of the A396 near Bampton led to sheet ice which she said was partly to blame for the death of 19-year-old Luke Lyons.

The Braunton teenager was travelling to work in Bideford but died from a severe head injury after he lost control of his Renault Clio van on January 25.

A council spokesman said: "We have received a letter from the coroner following the recent inquest into the sad death of Luke Lyons on the A396 earlier this year.

"The coroner has acknowledged the work undertaken by Devon in the course of its winter maintenance programme and has asked us to comment on our preparedness for the coming winter on this section of carriageway.

"We will be providing a full response to the coroner shortly."

The council would not give any details on maintenance work it has carried out until there had been further correspondence with Dr Earland.

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