Partner of woman injured in car crash calls for action on 'dangerous' Chesterfield road
The partner of a Chesterfield student injured in a crash on her way to university has called for action on the ‘dangerous’ stretch of road.
Claire Lane, 39, was driving from her home in Staveley to Sheffield when she lost control of her Fiat Punto on a section of loose chippings on the B6053 Eckington Road.
The car left the road, crashing into a lamppost and then a front garden wall of a home.
Claire’s partner Mark Hughes, 45, admits her feared the worst when he discovered an air ambulance had been called after he ran to the scene of the crash, on Monday, July 19.
“While I was on my way several fire engines and a paramedic and some police cars came past,” he said.
"As I approached the scene they had shut the entire road off and there was equipment and people everywhere.”
Claire has been in hospital since but thankfully will recover from the injuries.
However, Mark is concerned about safety on the route – especially after talking to the owner of the home Claire’s car crashed into.
"Now that I have seen the scene, heard of other accidents and seen evidence of even earlier ones then yes, it is dangerous.
"The most dangerous part about it is that it doesn’t look especially dangerous.
"But it clearly is, especially when it is covered in stone chips.
“If the homeowner on the morning of Claire's accident had been opening his gates to go out he would have been killed.
"There is no doubt in my mind about that. Luckily he was further up the driveway.”
Mark says the road should have been swept to clear the chippings and more signs installed ‘before there was a crash not after’.
“Then they should move the national speed limit signs to the top of the hill and lower the speed of this section to 30mph.
"It wouldn’t hurt to put some chevrons in place to alert people about it.”
A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council said she was sorry to hear about the accident.
"We’d expect the police to send us a report about the accident which would look at what might have caused it,” she added.
"We need to wait until we get this report before taking any action.”