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East Midlands has most dangerous roads

People in the East Midlands are at the highest risk of dying or being seriously injured on the region’s motorways and A-roads, a new study has found.

The survey, by the Road Safety Foundation, has identified the A5012 in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, as the road with the highest risk.

The high risk A5012 in Ashbourne is shown in black on this map Credit: Road Safety Foundation

The research looked at British motorways and A-roads outside major urban areas. These roads make up 11% of the road network but 51% of road deaths occur on these routes.

It also showed that running off the road accounts for 30% of all deaths on these roads and that junction crashes are the most common accidents leading to serious injury.

While 9% of motorways are rated in the "'low risk" category, 97% of single carriageway A-roads are not. The overall risk of death and serious injury on motorways and A-roads was lowest in the West Midlands and highest in the East Midlands, the poll revealed.

Road Safety Foundation director Dr Steve Lawson said: "Most recent improvement in road safety has come from car design and safer driving. The specification that authorities currently set road managers is to reduce crash rates in general."

"That approach is too weak and must be replaced, because it muddles factors over which road managers have no control - such as car safety, hospital care and traffic levels - with factors very definitely under their control such as roadside safety barriers or junction layouts."

Read: See the Road Safety Foundation's full report and view the map here

Government looks to reduce 'street clutter'

The Government has been looking at how we can reduce the amount of so-called "street clutter", excessive signs, lights, bollards that blight some of our towns and villages.

Experts are divided on the issue. Some say they can save lives but others say they can confuse drivers and increase risks, as well as making country roads look ugly. Keith Wilkinson reports

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Police appeal for witnesses following 30ft lorry fall in Warwickshire

Police officers investigating a crash on the M42 motorway where a lorry fell from a flyover on to the M6 Toll, are appealing for witnesses.

The lorry was travelling on the M42 northbound at around 6:30pm yesterday evening (April 8), when it is believed it collided with a car travelling the same way.

The lorry then jack-knifed across all three lanes and veered over the edge of the flyover on to the M6 Toll northbound, approximately 30ft below.

The 55-year-old driver was taken by air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he is being treated for leg and ankle injuries.

The 49-year-old driver of the Ford Mondeo was not injured in the collision.

The M42 northbound was closed for collision examiners to attend the scene, and the M6 Toll was also closed to traffic.

The M6 Toll opened at 6am this morning following resurfacing.

'Amazing' escape for lorry driver says ambulance service

A lorry driver and other road users on the M6 Toll had an ‘amazing’ escape according to ambulance crews, after a lorry left a flyover on the M42 and crashed onto the M6 Toll near Coleshill.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident near T1 on the M6 Toll just before 6:30pm.

The Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, along with ground teams were sent to the scene.

Ambulance crews responded to a road traffic collision following reports of a lorry coming off a flyover on the M42 and landing on the northbound M6 Toll road.

Crews treated the lorry driver – a man in his 50s – for serious lower leg fractures, neck and back pain and facial lacerations.

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

The driver managed to crawl out of his cab where he was treated by paramedics before being airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further assessment.

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