Death crash fear at Carcroft junction

Philip Kiddy, of Kiddy Carpets, Carcroft, pictured by the junction he has concerns about. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 31-10-14 Kiddy Carpets MC 2
Philip Kiddy, of Kiddy Carpets, Carcroft, pictured by the junction he has concerns about. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 31-10-14 Kiddy Carpets MC 2

A businessman fears someone could be killed at a notorious junction after two major crashes at the same spot in as many days.

Several people sustained injuries during the collisions at the busy crossroads in Carcroft.

Philip Kiddy, who runs Kiddy Carpet Tiles Centre close to the junction, claimed these were the latest in a long line of accidents.

The 71-year-old, of Norton, said: “There has been about 10 incidents in the last five years here. I’m worried they are going to come through my showroom window.

“It is only a matter of time before someone could be killed.”

Traffic lights direct vehicles at the junction where Owston Road, Askern Road, Skellow Road and Station Road meet. Mr Kiddy said the problem arises when drivers are turning right across oncoming traffic from Skellow Road into Station Road.

He added vehicles often travel at speed from Askern Road towards Skellow Road, which is also on a sleight bend, and drivers often do not see the turning vehicle until it is too late. He called on highways bosses to introduce a filter system for vehicles turning right.

A Land Rover containing a man, woman and young girl was in collision with a Ford Fiesta on October 25 at 3pm. The following day a Seat Ibiza, containing four men aged 19 to 27, was in collision with a Seat Altea, driven by a 21-year-old man, at 8.20pm. All sustained minor injuries and no arrests were made.

Peter Dale, director of environment for Doncaster Council, said: “We are concerned at the reports about recent accidents occurring at this location, as the long term safety record is good when compared with many other junctions, and we are working with South Yorkshire Police to review the situation. In order to give the greatest benefits to communities across Doncaster, improvements are prioritised to the areas with the worst problems. This situation is regularly reviewed - particular attention will be given to any emerging patterns at this junction.”