'Something needs to be done' - Calls for action after death crash on A1198 near Bassingbourn

PUBLISHED: 19:39 23 September 2016 | UPDATED: 20:30 23 September 2016

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There are fresh calls to make the A1198 safer after the deaths of a nine-year-old boy and a 38-year-old year woman in a crash near Bassingbourn.

Clare Bakhtiar died aged 38 on the A1198.Clare Bakhtiar died aged 38 on the A1198.

Clare Bakhtiar – from Salisbury in Wiltshire – died at the scene on Saturday, Sepember 10, and young Lawrence Carroll from Hertford died of his injuries the following morning at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Their deaths have prompted calls for action to improve the conditions and sign-posting on the road.

Nigel Cathcart, a district councillor for Bassingbourn, said: “I am sure our thoughts are with the members of the families at this sad time.

“This is a very fast road and there appears to be a problem with water crossing the road from the adjacent field at the point the accident took place, this is something which requires investigation urgently.”

Ben Coxall from Medreth died aged 15 after a collision on the A1198 in 2013.Ben Coxall from Medreth died aged 15 after a collision on the A1198 in 2013.

Parish councillor Steve Sams said: “It was with great sadness to learn of the fatal crash last Saturday and my condolences go out to the families.

“The A1198 is a fast road and the majority do not reduce their speed to 30mph at Bassingbourn.

“The parish council has been concerned about the poorly marked layout for some time.

“Our traffic working group has been talking with the Highways Agency to propose improvements to make the junction safer.”

The crash was all too familiar for Fiona Coxall from Meldreth, whose 15-old-son Ben died trying to cross the road on his off-road motorbike in 2013.

“I know exactly what the families are going through,” she said.

“You never stop seeing it. We got the call from Ben’s friend to say he had been hit by a car and we rushed to him.

“When you’re there at the side of the road and your son is too ill to even go to hospital by air ambulance your world just caves in.”

Ben’s brain had suffered beyond repair in the accident, and he had registered as an organ donor just three weeks before his death.

Fiona added: “The speed restrictions on that road need to be sign-posted more clearly, something needs to be done because families of those who died in the recent accident are going to live with it for the rest of their lives.”

A spokesman for Cambs County Council said: “This stretch of road is not an accident cluster site, before these fatalities there have been two slight accidents since 2014.

“We are concerned about any accident and work with police on any improvements we can make.

“We are unable to comment on this accident while the police investigation is ongoing.”

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