Victims’ relatives demand action over horror junction
for action over stretch of road that has claimed 7 lives in the
last few months
Mr Harry Goddard, the father of one of the young men killed in the
tragic car crash on the A4, has spoken out in anger over the amount
of deaths on that particular stretch of road and lack of action
taken by the authorities to make it safer. He has joined forces
with the relatives and friends of the other young fathers who died
in a campaign to force transport authorities to take action over
the road that has claimed seven lives in the last five months.
The latest victims were killed after their Saab Convertible crashed
into a road sign on the westbound stretch of the A4 just past Chiswick
roundabout on Sunday March 2nd.
Mr Goddard now wants action taken by Transport for London who are
responsible for this stretch of the A4. He said “So many people
have died on this spot and what the hell is going on? You come out
of the roundabout and it's two lanes then three lanes, then all
these signs. Then the junction with the intersection with the M4
is filthy with articulated lorries thundering past. If people leave
the road surface they're going to hit something hard. There're no
barriers there to stop them.'' He claimed the police knew about
the problem but were powerless to do anything and that TfL had rejected
the idea of barriers as this would mean reducing the number of lanes.
“No doubt there will be reasons why this accident happened. And
the engineers will come out and say it's not possible to put up
barriers for whatever reason'' he added “but it seems to me that
TfL are putting traffic flow before people's lives.''
Sergeant Diane Francis of the Collision Investigation Unit at Hampton
said an investigation into road design was already underway: She
agreed that there was no doubt there had been an unusually high
number of deaths on that road and said that the Traffic Management
Unit was working with TfL to see what can be done, but work is still
in the very early stages.'
She added police were still appealing for witnesses to the crash
on March 2nd, and a date has still to be set for an inquest.
Four months ago, teenager Vannessa Cavanagh and her boyfriend Derrick
Perry were killed on the same stretch of road, when their car careered
into a concrete pillar supporting the M4, just two weeks after two
men from Hounslow, Tarlochan Singh Parmar, and Harminder Sekhon
also lost their lives after hitting one of the support pillars.
March 15, 2003
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dead in Chiswick road crash