Roundabout safety call after crashes

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Police are urging drivers to take care on a notorious roundabout following a spate of crashes.

Last Monday, a motorcyclist ended up in the middle of the road after being in collision with a car on Horns Bridge roundabout in Chesterfield.

The rider, 48, of Leicestershire, was rushed to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield with a broken leg.

A day later, four cars crashed into each other at the accident blackspot.

A 64-year-old woman, from Hasland, was taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The three-lane roundabout has become notorious for collisions, shunts and near misses.

A spokesman for Derbyshire police said: “We advise people to drive safely, particularly in darkness, and to always be aware of what’s happening around you.”

Crash data shows a total of nine people have been injured in accidents at Horns Bridge roundabout between June 1 2012 and May 31 2013.

A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said: “Horns Bridge is a large multi-lane roundabout which experiences heavy traffic flows at peak times.

“The system of lane markings and traffic lights on the roundabout is designed to keep motorists moving safely.

“We keep in close contact with our partners at Derbyshire police who investigate the causes of crashes at the site – and we monitor traffic flows to see if any changes need to be made to the layout and signalling system.”

Chesterfield Borough Council is currently installing a £300,000 artwork at the roundabout.

The money for the artwork has been externally funded from the European Regional Develeopment Fund and Barratt Homes.