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Two fatal accidents on same stretch of road

Three people have have died in two separate accidents on the A417 Gloucester to Cirencester road today.

The stretch of road just outside Gloucester at Birdlip and Nettleton Bottom is the only section of single carriageway on the 35 mile route from Swindon to Gloucester.

A 54 year old man was killed after his Ford Focus collided with a lorry on Crickley Hill early this morning.

The road was still closed for emergency services to deal with the incident, when another accident involving a lorry and a car a few miles further on, resulted in the death of two women.

Cotswold Tory MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, who has called the A417 at Birdlip, a 'lethal chicane,' has campaigned for years for the road to be made dual carriageway.

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MP backs terminally-ill man's 'guinea-pig' plan

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (Con, The Cotswolds) is lending his support to a man with a terminal illness who is offering to act as a 'human guinea pig' for new treatments.

Speaking to our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine, Mr Clifton-Brown says he wants a world with 'treatable, not terminal' illnesses.

Les Halpin from Gloucestershire who has the terminal illness Motor Neurone Disease is offering to test new drugs which might help find a cure - or at least a more effective treatment. He has started a petition and set up a charity to try to speed up the licensing process, which can take years.

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