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Man’s death triggers speed reduction

Posted in: Car Accidents Road Traffic Accidents Wrongful & Accidental Death 

The speed limit of a stretch of road in Cambridgeshire has been temporarily reduced after six accidents were reported there in a window of six days; in one of which a man died. Keith Pettitt (50), from Deene Thorpe, was pulled out of the River Nene off North Bank, Whitlesey from his Skoda Octavia on Monday.  Police believe that his body could have been in the water for the last week.

Peterborough City Council has reduced the speed limit of the road from 60mph to 40mph as a temporary measure following the numerous reports of accidents.  There were no fatalities in the any of the other accidents, but the council said that the speed limit had to be reduced “as a precaution”.

Over the last month the stretch of road has seen multiple accidents:

  • 3rd November: 18-year-old Hannah Yates died when her car crashed into the River Nene
  • 27th November: Family of four manages to escape from car after crashing into the river
  • 28th November: Car driver manages to escape from car crashed in the river
  • 29th November: Van driver escapes vehicle after plunging into the river
  • 1st December: Car driver escapes unhurt from crash in river
  • 2nd December: Keith Pettitt’s body uncovered from crash in River Nene
  • ·2nd December: Car driver unhurt following crash on same stretch of road

Simon Machen, from the council said: “If new measures are required following consideration of the police investigation reports and our ongoing inspection, an appropriate scheme will be designed and implemented.

Many locals are currently campaigning for barriers to be built on the North Bank, with members of the Fenland Road Safety Campaign raising money for its installation (£45,000).

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