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Wiltshire's Stonehenge one of the country's worst landmarks for crashes

Stonehenge is one of the country's most accident prone landmarks according to latest data. Credit: PA

One of the country's most iconic and popular landmarks appears to be responsible for creating accidents as well as pulling in the crowds.

New research suggests that drivers are crashing their vehicles while craning their necks to get a better of Stonehenge in Wiltshire.

Unsurprisingly, the data from Select Car Leasing and road safety charity THINK! highlights the A303, which run adjacent to the historic site, as an accident hot spot.

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The A303 is a notorious accident black spot Credit: PA
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The number of smashes along the A303 between 2013 - 2018
The A303 runs parallel to Stonehenge. Credit: PA

The biggest majority of the collisions occurred happened at the Longbarrow Roundabout.

Other incidents are clustered around the busy stretch of road directly to the south and east of the stones

Three were recorded at the entrance to the site, next to the Stonehenge Visitor Centre, its coach and public car parks.

Rubbernecking' has developed from spying an accident on the motorway, to drivers actively slowing down on the many roads straddling famous landmarks to get a peek.

– Select Car Leasing
Tourists flock to Stonehenge during the summer and winter solstices. Credit: PA

The findings place Stonehenge fifth on the list of the UK's world-renowned landmarks which see the most accidents, behind the likes of Buckingham Palace and Brighton Pier.

TOP 10 UK ACCIDENT PRONE LANDMARKS:

  • Buckingham Palace (203 accidents)
  • Brighton Pier (124 accidents)
  • Edinburgh's Scott Monument (89 accidents)
  • Houses of Parliament (79 accidents)
  • Stonehenge (60 accidents)
  • Angel of the North (53 accidents)
  • Humber Bridge (49 accidents)
  • St Pauls Cathedral (40 accidents)
  • Blackpool Tower (30 accidents)
  • Windsor Castle (28 accidents)
Credit: PA

Bosses at Select Car Leasing claim that the data was collected to raise awareness about the dangers of driving while trying to catch a better view of interesting sites.

"The UK's motorists are slowing down in droves to look at accidents, animals in passing fields or even just to wave to their friends on the street.

"The problem has become so severe in recent years, that authorities have put forward plans to build a tunnel next to Stonehenge, to put a lid on the issue."