Fatal accident on bridge in Morpeth sparks safety talks.RSS Feed
A fatal traffic accident on Hartburn Bridge in Northumbria has prompted talks, after the safety of the spot has once again been called into question.
Douglas Scott, 26, was killed after his car crashed through a bridge in Morpeth and into the river 30ft below.
In recent years, Hartburn parish council has requested a barrier on the bridge to prevent such accidents occurring. Northumberland county council rejected the idea although it did lay anti-slip surfacing on the bank, reports The Chronicle Live.
The Journal Live reports that the incident has sparked talks about the safety of the stone-built bridge, which is known as a black spot for traffic accidents, but for the time being traffic lights are controlling the area and concrete safety barriers are in use.
Hartburn Parish Council Chairman Ernie Coe told The Journal Live: "We have been concerned that something like this would happen, but in the past the county have refused to put a barrier on the bridge because of its historic character. Now we believe something has to be done to make the bridge as safe as possible.”
According to Tyne and Wear Traffic and Accident Data Unit, there were a total of 23 fatal car accidents in Tyne and Wear in 2009, with the trend showing a steady decrease in over the past five years.
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