Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Make Road Safer' Calls Following Triple Tragedy

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Make Road Safer' Calls Following Triple Tragedy

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Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter

FAMILIES have told of their shock after three people lost their lives on what they say is an accident black spot in Gateshead.

A lorry and a car collided on Fellside Road, near Whickham Golf Club, at around 2.20am yesterday.

Three people who were travelling in the car died following the crash. The cause of the collision is not yet known and police investigations are under way.

There have been a number of crashes on the road over the past few years, including fatalities, and people living in the area are calling for steps to be taken to look into potential safety measures at the site.

In December 2011, a 26-year-old woman died following a crash on Fellside Road. An 18-year-old woman was killed on the stretch in 2007, and two men lost their lives in 2006.

Martin Watson, 26, of Whickham, said: "I have lost two friends after accidents on Fellside Road and now three more people have died. I just can't believe it.

"This road has had more than 10 collisions since I've been in Whickham. Something needs to be done to stop this happening."

Mum-of-three Shirley Williams, 44, added: "I'm absolutely shocked that three people have died here. My heart goes out to their family and friends. I can't imagine what they will be going through.

"Sadly, we have seen this happen before. This road has taken too many lives already. Something is clearly wrong here and the authorities need to look at this road and see what can be done to prevent any more lives being lost."

A 70-year-old man, who has lived in Whickham for around 40 years, said: "We don't yet know why this accident happened, but that road is problematic.

"It is a long road with an S-bend along the way. It is 20mph at the top end, where it runs in front of a primary school, then it goes up to 30mph and then to 50mph as it heads into Burnopfield.

"I myself am extremely cautious when I drive there but there have been many accidents on the road. It's been a blackspot for years.

"It's very tragic that three people have now died."

A spokesman for Gateshead Council said: "Fellside Road has seen a number of speed-related accidents over the years, but it is not yet known whether speed or some other factor was responsible for this accident. …

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