Ruabon mum in calls for improved safety where son died

Published date: 22 April 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A BEREAVED mother is urging a council to push ahead in installing safety measures on a road where her son died.

Anne Williams, of Albert Grove, Ruabon, near Wrexham, said she does not want anyone else to go through the suffering her family has experienced.

Her son Dale died aged just 18 in January 2012 after the car in which he was a passenger crashed on the Horseshoe Pass.

Mrs Williams’ plea for improved road safety has come after a recent car accident near to the scene where Dale was killed, where a car plunged down the steep bank off the Pass.

The driver was lucky to escape with non life-threatening injuries.

A letter from Denbighshire Council read out at Dale’s inquest said the authority would reduce the speed limit on the majority of the treacherous stretch. In a statement this week the council said a county-wide speed limit review identified a 40mph limit, which would likely be implemented in early 2015.

But Mrs Williams said: “I think more action should have been taken. I wouldn’t want anyone else to have to go through what we have experienced. When I read about last week’s crash it brought everything back to me. It wasn’t far from where Dale’s accident happened.

“In some ways things are harder for us now, because there is more time to think.”

In response to Mrs Williams’ comments a spokesman for Denbighshire Council said: “We carried out some work to improve safety on the Horseshoe Pass during the financial year 2012-13. This included improved signage, and the provision of anti-skid surfacing on some sections.

“Over the past couple of years we have been carrying out a county wide review of all the speed limits on our A and B classified roads.

“This review identified a 40mph speed limit for the Horseshoe Pass. The consultation process for the new, lower limit is likely to start soon with a view to it being implemented later in the financial year.”

l In last week’s accident a man was airlifted to hospital after his car left the road and crashed down a bank.

The driver of the red Vauxhall Astra had to be cut free from the car after it careered an estimated 150 yards off the Horseshoe Pass.

A spokesman for the Wales Air Ambulance said: “A crew attended an incident on the Horseshoe Pass, where they flew a man involved in a road accident to the Maelor Hospital for possible further treatment.”

A North Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the casualty had minor injuries.

Horseshoe Pass resident Roger Parish, 58, lives near to where last week's crash happened.

He said: “There are times when I would estimate some vehicles go past in excess of 100mph. If the speed limit is reduced it would need to be properly enforced.

“Some people think more barriers would be a good idea, but my concern there is that might encourage road users to go even faster.”

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  1. Posted by: RolandCleth at 10:47 on 22 April 2014 Report

    How long before all cars in North Wales have to have men with red flags walking in front of them?

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