Crash drivers call for better signs at Ryhall junction

The road surface and the signs to the cross roads approach needs urgent updating to stop more accidents, say crash victim Rebecca Williams EMN-140309-091947001
The road surface and the signs to the cross roads approach needs urgent updating to stop more accidents, say crash victim Rebecca Williams EMN-140309-091947001
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Two drivers involved in a collision on the B1176 near Ryhall are calling for fresh warning signs to be installed on the approach to a crossroads before an accident “kills someone”.

With warning signs on the road worn out and signs on the side of the road obscured by overgrown branches, they say drivers do not get sufficient warning of the approaching crossroads which is in a dip.

Rebecca Williams was driving her Volkswagen Golf when the crash with a Suzuki 4x4 happened at the crossroads between Ryhall and Little Bytham on Tuesday, August 26, at 4.05pm.

Her car spun round and the airbags started emitting clouds of powder, but despite extensive damage to the car, Rebecca escaped uninjured.

Suzuki driver Nigel Pugh, from Bourne, who was on his way to Rutland Golf Club, was also not injured.

Ms Williams, of Little Bytham, said: “The give way signs and road markings are faded. The signs on the approach are covered by leaves and branches.

“The local authority needs to make sure the road markings are redone.

“The surface of the road is also very bumpy and needs resurfacing before a more serious accident kills someone. We walked away from the accident but it was a huge shock.”

Mr Pugh said: “It’s a terrible bit of road. The signs on the road are worn out and because of overgrown hedgerows you don’t see signs on the side of the road until you are 50 or 60 yards from the crossing.”

He has written to Lincolnshire County Council to complain.

Ms Williams’ fiancé, Adam Evans, also of Little Bytham, said: “We firmly believe that something needs to be done before someone dies.”

Ms Williams, 34, said she was “gutted” that the show car she takes to the Bug Jam VW Festival in Santa Pod had been written off. But she had been moved by the number of people who stopped to help. She said: “So many people stopped at the scene - a nurse who was travelling with a friend and a lady who just gave me a big hug. Had we been in real trouble we know there would have been help. It restores your faith in people. I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who stopped.”

Kevin Brumfield, area highways manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We aren’t aware of any problems with this road and there have only been two minor accidents reported in the last five years.

“That said, we’ll certainly investigate the matter. The crossroads form the administrative boundary between Rutland and Lincolnshire so we’ll work with our colleagues in Rutland to make sure these concerns are addressed.”