Danger road death crash biker named

Fatal bike crash on Sower Carr Lane, Hambleton
Fatal bike crash on Sower Carr Lane, Hambleton
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A MOTORCYCLIST killed in a crash at a notorious accident blackspot has been named.

David Redman, from Preesall, died when his motorbike was involved in a collision with a car on the A588, at Hambleton, on Sunday afternoon.

The 50-year-old is the 11th person to be killed on the road – dubbed Wyre’s most dangerous – in the last two decades.

Local residents have spent years campaigning to see the speed limit along the whole of the A588 lowered, and Sunday’s accident has intensified those calls. Lancashire County Council has announced plans to drop the limit from 60 to 50mph along a section of Carr Lane, including the spot where the accident happened at the junction with Sower Carr Lane.

But Doug Smith, who lives close to the accident site, doesn’t believe that’s enough and said: “I’m devastated there’s been another death.

“It’s been agreed it’s going to be dropped to 50mph, but all we’ve got to say to that is why not 40mph and why haven’t they reduced the speed already?”

Later this month, the A588 will feature on new BBC show Britain’s Killer Roads, which will highlight the most dangerous roads in Britain.

The county council has already acted to lower the speed limit through Stalmine village to 30mph, and a spokesman said the new 50mph speed limit – along with new signs and road markings – would be in place by next April.

But Stalmine parish councillor June Jackson said residents in the village still want to see speed limits slashed along the whole stretch of the A588 – preferably to 40mph.

Mrs Jackson, chair of Stalmine with Staynall Parish Council, said: “As an A road it’s not up to standard, there are so many junctions on it and bad bends and it runs through all the Wyre villages.

“Sadly fatalities keep happening and nothing has been done to make it safer. Lancashire County Council have stuck up a sign saying there have been fatalities in the area but that’s not going to stop them happening.”

The two occupants of the blue Vauxhall Corsa which was involved in the collision with Mr Redman’s motorbike were left shaken but uninjured.

Mr Redman suffered head injuries in the incident and died a short time after the crash in Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

The road was closed at the junction for three hours and Lancashire police are now appealing for witnesses to contact them on 08451 253545.