Teen death crash road is rated as a ‘high risk’

Flowers and police paint at the scene where three teenagers died in a crash on the A630 near Conisbrough. Picture: Chris Lawton
Flowers and police paint at the scene where three teenagers died in a crash on the A630 near Conisbrough. Picture: Chris Lawton

A BUSY road where three Doncaster teenagers were killed in a car crash has been named as one of the borough’s most dangerous.

The A630, one of the Doncaster’s key arterial carriageways, poses a medium risk of death or serious injury for drivers according to a new report on the safety of Britain’s main highways.

Road safety bosses have pledged to continue their efforts to reduce the risk of crashes on the A630 following the publishing of the report.

Youngsters Michael Gallagher, 16, Antonia Browne, 14, and Thomas Hughes, 14, died in a triple fatal smash on the road in Conisbrough earlier this year.

Antonia, of Balby, and Tom, of Bessacarr, were passengers in a silver Honda Civic driven by Michael, of Warmsworth, when it crashed into a tree in the early hours of January 30.

The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, wants to introduce more measures across the borough.

Ken Wheat, safer roads partnership manager of the organisation made up of bodies including police, council and highways bosses, said: “We look at all opportunities for reducing risk and improving road safety, including the road layout, enforcement initiatives and the importance of road safety education.

“The A630 and other routes of concern in the county are currently under consideration.”

The report issued by the Road Safety Foundation also identified the A60 from Tickhill as a medium-high risk carriageway.

A stretch of the road, between Tickhill and Worksop, was given the country’s seventh highest risk rating for crashes not involving motorcyclists.

Risk has been calculated by comparing the frequency of crashes resulting in death and serious injury on each road with the amount of traffic it carries.

Mr Wheat added: “A very short section of the highlighted ‘high risk’ A60 route is in Doncaster, and none of the 14 killed/serious injuries on this road occurred within the borough.”

Doncaster’s motorway network has been named among the safest roads from the findings. Both the A1(M) and M18 received low risk ratings.

The report, named Simple Measures Save Lives, aims to warn drivers about the dangers of particular roads and highlight improvements which can increase road safety.

Measures include improved signing, speed limit reviews and resurfacing.

Dr Joanne Hill, director of the Road Safety Foundation, said: “We have worked with road authorities to demonstrate the importance to drivers of route consistency and predictability.

“We need to design out the hidden surprises that can result in tragic consequences.”