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Crash with lorry driver leaves 64-year old cyclist dead in Grimsby - driver arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving

Incident date: 
Sat, 8 Dec 2012

Graeme Walton of Melton Ross, near Barnetby in North Lincolnshire was involved in a collision with the driver of a red articulated goods vehicle on the A18, between the junction of the A46 Laceby bypass and Barnoldby-le-Beck.

Mr Walton was taken to hospital by ambulance but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The driver of the articulated goods vehicle, a 48-year-old Lincolnshire man – who has not yet been named – was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. He has been released on police bail until the end of January.

Police said the lorry was travelling in the same direction as the cyclist when the collision happened.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to contacts the Grimsby Roads Policing Team at Humberside Police on 101, quoting log number 230 of December 8, 2012.

Anyone wishing to pay tribute to the cyclist – who has not been named – can do so by posting comments here or emailing newsdesk@grimsbytelegraph.co.uk.

***UPDATE (14/12/12)

The A18 is known as a black spot for road traffic incidents and was last year featured on the BBC TV programme, Britain’s Killer Roads.

In July 2010, in its annual study funded by the Department for Transport and other organisations including the EU into Britain’s most dangerous roads, the Road Safety Foundation named a ten-mile stretch of the A18 as Britain’s most dangerous road for car drivers, once collisions involving motorcyclists were excluded.

Covering that report, the Daily Telegraph outlined some of the reasons that make the single carriageway road, where a number of people have lost their lives in recent years, so dangerous including deceptive bends, damage to the side of the carriageway caused by lorries and the difficulty of overtaking safely.

The Grimsby Telegraph reports that a meeting of a select committee of North East Lincolnshire Council will next month consider issues such as whether to reduce the speed limit on the road from 60mph to 50mph.

However, one local councillor, Philip Jackson, who himself lives in Barnoldby-le-Beck, said that speed was just one of the factors that needs to be addressed.

“I travel up and down the A18 most days, there are numerous blind spots and it is very difficult to overtake safely,” he explained.

“It is not just about cutting speed limits here, as this is not always the cause of an accident. More needs to be done to help reduce the number of casualties.

“Whether this means the introduction of road signs or other alternative safety measures I do not know yet. They will be ideas to discuss during our meetings – the first will take place on Thursday, January 17.

“The public are invited to attend these meetings, as the committee will be directing questions to the police and other road safety experts who have been asked to attend.

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