Second crash in as many days on A26

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The East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service urge caution after second collision on the A26 at Heron’s Ghyll.

On Friday morning just before 9am firefighters were called to free a trapped motorist after a Skoda Fabia and a Toyota Celica crashed head on, just south of the Barnsgate Vineyard trapping the Skoda driver.

Crews from Crowborough and Uckfield used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the roof and doors and assisted paramedics in removing the female who received cuts, bruising and whiplash injuries.

Only the previous day the A26 had to be closed following a collision between two cars also at Herons’s Ghyll.

Sussex Police are investigating both incidents.  Anyone who saw what happened or who may have other relevant information is asked to email collision.appeal@sussex.pn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 262 of 10/10.

The recent spate of accidents coincides with the rain which has made the roads very slippery following a prolonged dry spell.

Making Wealden’s roads safer

Statistically, Wealden’s roads has the fifth highest number of crashes nationally in the in which people are killed or seriously injured accidents.

Recently Wealden District Council considered research looking into how our roads could be made safer.  Click here to see the previous article.

40@HeronsGhyll

Campaign group 40@HeronsGhyll has been arguing for speed reduction on two stretches of the A26 between Crowborough and Uckfield for over two years.

At the start of the summer, Wealden District Council released the money from developer contributions associated with the former Temple Grove School to fund the road safety scheme and the Highways Authority is currently undergoing a design and consultation process.

In July, Brian Banks, road safety manager at East Sussex County Council, told CrowboroughLife:
At a meeting in January, the lead member agreed in principle that the 106 money should be used to implement a lower speed limit on the A26.  We have been in extensive consultation with Sussex Police who have also agreed in principle to a reduction in the speed limit.

The scheme will now be subject to a full design and consultation process.  The implementation of a reduced speed limit usually takes six months to complete, but as this will be subject to consultation it could take longer.

During the current wet weather, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are urged drivers to take extra care on the roads by slowing down, leaving additional space between vehicles, using headlights and giving themselves extra time for their journey.  Motorists should ensure that their tyres and wiper blades are in good condition and that their screen washer is working properly.

Deer-CollisionsDeer Collisions

Deer-Crossing-signAdditional deer warning signs have been displayed on the A26 to warn drivers.  Every year hundreds of traffic collisions take place injuring deer and causing damage to vehicles and even endangering people’s lives.

With the onset of autumn and the clocks changing, drivers need to be extra care.

When approaching a deer warning sign, drivers are advised to:

  • slow down and be prepared to stop
  • watch out for more deer following the first one
  • use hazard warning lights
  • not approach an injured deer – it could be dangerous.

How to reporting a dead or injured animal.  See previous article about the Conservators of the Ashdown Forest approving a limited deer cull.

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