Drivers warned on dangerous stretch of A19

Labour's Austen White.
Labour's Austen White.

An accident blackspot in Doncaster is to be scrutinised after two young pedestrians were seriously hurt in the latest incident on a ‘lethal’ stretch.

The pair suffered serious injuries in a collision on the A19 Doncaster Road, Owston.

A 24-year-old man was rushed to hospital with cuts to his head and knee, and an 18-year-old woman suffered bruising to her liver.

Ward member for Askern Spa, Coun Austen White, yesterday pledged to look into the dangers on the road, which has been described as ‘lethal’ by people living locally.

He said: “It’s a dangerous stretch of road beyond a doubt. It’s dark and wooded.

“There were two fatalities along there last year, and it obviously needs care by all users.”

Jade Clifton, aged 21, assistant manager of the Owston Park Lodge Country Pub and Restaurant on the road, is among those concerned over the safety of the road.

She said she and other staff at the pub had seen the pair just before they were injured.

“We saw them before it happened,” said Jade. “It was a girl and boy, quite young, and they were walking down the road.

“We drove past them as we were leaving work.

“It’s really dangerous down there as there are no paths.

“It’s really busy, and cars overtake. It’s lethal.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said a black Peugeot Eurocab was travelling along the A19 towards the Owston Lodge pub and Askern when the incident took place at 10.50pm on Saturday.

“It is believed two pedestrians, a 24-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman, entered the carriageway where a collision happened,” he said.

“The pedestrians were taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield to receive treatment for their injuries.

“The man, from Pontefract, suffered cuts to his knee and head. The woman, from Askern, suffered bruising to her liver.”

The 57-year-old man driving the Eurocab was not injured.

A spokesman for Doncaster Council’s highways department said the section of road has got permanent street lights, which have been in place for 10 to 12 years, and they were up to current standards.

A spokesman for the Department for Transport’s THINK! campaign said: “Our aim is to encourage safer behaviour to reduce the number of people killed and injured on our roads every year.”

n Anyone who may have seen the vehicle or pedestrians prior to the incident should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 1,392 of August 17, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.