Dad and young sons ‘lucky to be alive’ after A505 Baldock to Royston crash

PUBLISHED: 08:25 18 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:44 06 February 2018

Damian with sons, Charlie, left, and Max, centre. Picture: Damian Davidson

Damian with sons, Charlie, left, and Max, centre. Picture: Damian Davidson

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A Royston dad whose car was hit on the A505 earlier this week while he was travelling with his young sons has said he feels they are all “lucky to be alive” after the 70mph smash.

One of the cars involved in the A505 crash near the Slip End junction. Picture: Lesley BroadheadOne of the cars involved in the A505 crash near the Slip End junction. Picture: Lesley Broadhead

A Royston dad whose car was hit on the A505 while he was travelling with his young sons at the weekend has said he feels they are all “lucky to be alive” after the 70mph smash.

Damian Davidson was coming back from a family day out at 360 Play in Stevenage with his boys Max, five, and three-year-old Charlie on Sunday evening when his Volkswagen Golf collided with a Toyota Yaris just past the Slip End junction for Ashwell.

He told the this paper: “It was a three-car convoy with me, the Toyota turning left and a BMW in front in the fast lane. We had just passed the Slip End junction, and the Toyota indicated to turn into Howes J & Son farm so I went into the fast lane.

“However, the driver must’ve changed his mind and didn’t turn off – he drove across and hit us.

A Volkswagen Golf, driven by Damian Davidson was also involved in the smash. Picture: Lesley BroadheadA Volkswagen Golf, driven by Damian Davidson was also involved in the smash. Picture: Lesley Broadhead

“I was travelling at 70mph so the force of the impact was massive. My primary focus – even before my car came to a halt – was making sure my boys were OK.

“I was just thinking ‘my babies, my babies’ – I had to get them out.

“We got onto the grass verge, and the boys were hysterical. Luckily, an older couple pulled up and got out to help. They put the boys in their car, because then I was worried we were going to be hit at the side of the road.

“I never got their names so I would love to extend my thanks to them if they came forward.”

Fortunately, nobody was seriously hurt in the crash. Damian, 34, received minor injuries to his neck and body, Max and Charlie were OK – but Max has suffered headaches since.

Damian saw the driver of the other car had a cut to his forehead and said he was “dizzy and confused”.

This isn’t the first time Damian – who has been signed off for two weeks from his work as a compliance engineer for Johnson Matthey because of his injuries – has been involved in an incident on the stretch between Royston and Baldock.

When he was just seven, he was travelling with his mum who was using one of the cut-throughs to the villages when they were hit and thrown into the air. He received minor injuries, but his mum was almost killed.

Damian said: “I’ve grown up being wary of this road because of what happened to my mum, she was seriously hurt. Now my boys have been in car crash at a young age like I was, but they are resilient so I hope it doesn’t affect them.

“I think something needs to be done – the cut-throughs need to be filled in, a couple of roundabouts should be put in place, and the slip lanes should be longer.

“We were lucky enough to be able to walk away from a 70mph crash, but it so could easily have been very different.”

There was a second crash on the A505 on Tuesday morning at the Weston Hills Tunnel near Baldock where a man, in his 50s, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Royston mum Lynsey Langdon started the ‘Make the A505 Safer’ Facebook page after her husband Greig broke his back in a crash in July 2016.

She told this paper: “It really makes me sick that the people are still crashing as a result of poor road layout and drivers’ poor decisions.

“Everyone is in such a rush all the time, just slow down and think of others.”

A Hertfordshire County Council spokeswoman said: “We are sorry to hear about the crash over the weekend and want to send our best wishes to those involved.

“We understand that this area is of concern to residents and motorists and would like to reassure them that the council is carrying out a feasibility study to assess this particular stretch of road, which we expect will be concluded by the end of this financial year.

“There will be a consultation period once this study is completed with a view to determining the best changes to the highway.

“We can confirm that our contractor Ringway installed illuminated ‘no entry’ signs at side junctions along the A505 and we would like to thank residents for their patience during this process.”

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