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B5030 closes as pregnant woman involved in crash drama

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

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A PREGNANT woman and five children were among the passengers involved in a two-vehicle collision on a notorious Rocester road – leaving motorists to find alternative routes to their destination.

Staffordshire Police said the crash occurred between a blue Ford Fiesta and white Vauxhall Corsa on the B5030 at Crakemarsh at 10am on Monday – a road known to be the site of many accidents over years.

Officers who attended the scene said one of the vehicles contained five children with two females – one which was pregnant.

Officers breathalysed both drivers of the vehicles and the tests were both found to be negative.

An ambulance was requested by the force and all of the occupants were found to be ‘fit and well’.

However, motorists did feel the force of the crash as the road was closed until 12.10pm while the vehicles were recovered and the officers dealt with the incident.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was it was called at 10.10am to check over a number of people involved in the crash at the scene including one female and children.

A spokesman said: “They did not required hospital treatment. We sent an ambulance, paramedic and rapid response vehicle to the scene.”

Work is currently under way to improve the B5030 by Staffordshire County Council in a bid to make the road safer and cut down on congestion as it is a major route used by JCB workers and thrill-seekers heading to Alton Towers.

Workmen were on the site at the time of the crash but the road closure did not affect the work from continuing.

Paul Dutton, of Staffordshire County Council Highways, told The Advertiser: “It hasn’t affected the work that’s been going on there.

“The work is carrying on and accident has had no consequence for the work.

“It has been a normal working day for the guys on site and they would have arrived before the road closure.”

Work to improve the road includes installing two roundabouts at the Station Road and High Street junction as well as resurfacing and installing kerbs.

The scheme forms part of the Alton corridor improvements from the A50 north towards Alton Towers.

Funding has come from the Government’s Local Pinch Point Fund which aims to remove bottle-necks on the road network that can restrict economic growth.

The road is notorious for accidents, often minor but some have been fatal.

The last person to lose his life on the B5030 was Stephen Hallam, of Mayfield.

The 23-year-old lost control of his car after he drove through flood water and crashed into a tree when he was on his way home from Uttoxeter.

Matt Boot also died in 2003 when he was just 17-years-old after the scooter he was riding was hit by a car.

Since then his family has called for more safety measures to be put in place on the B5030.

In December a lorry driver was seriously injured after a collision with another heavy goods vehicle.

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