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Witnesses urged to come forward after Rocester man dies in B5017 crash tragedy

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A 40-YEAR-OLD man from Rocester has died following a crash in Draycott-in-the-Clay.

Garry White died at the scene of the collision which happened just before 4.30pm on Sunday on the B5017 between Six Lane Ends and Five Lane Ends.

The collision involved one blue VW Golf convertible.

His family have been informed and are being offered support by specially trained officers.

The road remained closed until around 8.45pm while specialist officers from the Collision Investigation Unit carried out an investigation at the scene.

Staffordshire Police are now appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to get in touch.

Sergeant Ian Tanner said: “We would like to thank motorists for their patience while the road was closed.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at this time and saw the blue Golf involved prior to the collision.

“The Golf was travelling from the direction of Needwood from Five Lane Ends towards Six Lane Ends and Draycott-in-the-Clay.

“We are particularly keen to trace a silver car and a dark coloured car which are believed to have been travelling along the road at the same time as the Golf.”

Witnesses are asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 498 of May 18.

An ambulance, a paramedic support officer, a community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had come to rest on its roof in a field after leaving the road and travelling through a hedge.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save the driver of the car.

“He was confirmed dead at the scene.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “There were no other vehicles involved in the incident.”

The death is not the first to happen on the route.

Motorcyclist Nicolas Share, of Corsham Place, Marchington, died on the B5017 from multiple injuries after his grey Yamaha R6 collided with a Ford Fusion on the B5017.

His inquest, held at Cannock Coroner’s Court, heard the 22-year-old was approaching a bend between the Jacks Lane and Marchington Cliff junction when he had to brake hard causing the back wheel to lock.

He was in the correct lane to negotiate the bend but the wheel locked causing the bike to go into the wrong lane and collided with the car driven by Barry Cotton, of Coleshill.

Speaking to the inquest, Mr Cotton, who sustained minor injuries in the incident, recalled how he was driving to Uttoxeter Racecourse when the accident occurred.

“I saw the motorcyclist approaching the bend with the bike straight and the driver was in a racing position,” he said.

“He saw the car and braked and then went straight into the car.

“It all happened within seconds.”

Floods have also been reported to be a problem on the road, with drains overflowing and causing treacherous driving conditions.

Residents from Marchington and Marchington Woodlands are forced to drive through large areas of standing water on the B5017 at Birch Cross whenever it rains.

A drain opposite the Blacksmith’s Arms is regularly overspilling, causing deep water to leak across one side of the road.

And, in icy conditions, a 20-yard sheet of ice is enveloping the highway.

The problem is occurring on the spot where a young cyclist was knocked off his bike in icy conditions in 2012.

A car also skidded off the road and smashed into the Blacksmith’s Arms around five years ago.

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