Two lives lost on the same road on the same day

Barningham, Suffolk. Scene of the fatal accident on Hopton Road in which a man was killed ANL-140326-154036001
Barningham, Suffolk. Scene of the fatal accident on Hopton Road in which a man was killed ANL-140326-154036001

Floral tributes along one of the region’s roads tell a sad story after two lives were lost in separate accidents on the B1111 on Monday.

A man in his 20s died following a motorcycle crash on the B1111 in Gardboldisham at about 5.15pm. His body was found in a ditch by a member of the public, near the A1066 junction, while his bike, a blue Yamaha, was found nearby.

Another man, named by police on Wednesday as Stephen Sharpe, 59, from Bury St Edmunds, also died after his silver MG car collided with a garden wall on the B1111 at Barningham at about 2pm. The driver was taken to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds where he was pronounced dead.

Police are still investigating both incidents, and are appealing to anyone who may have seen the vehicles travelling prior to, or when the collisions happened, to call 101.

It comes a little more than two weeks after Barningham resident Paul Bruce was struck and killed by a Vauxhall van near the junction with Chare Road on the B1111 at about 8pm.

Mr Bruce, 56, died at the scene on March 12.

Suffolk County Councillor cabinet member for roads and transport, Graham Newman, who is also chairman of Suffolk Roadsafe Partnership, said the council was working with the police on rural road accidents.

“Suffolk County Council work closely with Suffolk Police on all incidents of this type. Any emerging safety issue attributable to the road itself which is considered a matter of urgency would be treated as such,” he said. “We have not yet received full details of these two fatal incidents, and will obviously be watching to see whether they are attributable to driver error, road infrastructure of other conditions arising at the time.

“Collisions resulting in fatality, serious injury or slight injury are analysed with great care and are the basis of a programme of remedial work.

“Suffolk County Council is currently re-examining – by way of a Policy Development Panel - its criteria for speed limits in rural areas, so that they may more nearly address the concerns of communities and Parish Councils. The panel has already reported on 20mph speed limits in urban areas, resulting in revised criteria introduced as a result of a decision taken at the February 2014 Cabinet meting.”

Between December 2008 and December 2013, 15 accidents were recorded on the Suffolk side of the B1111, according to a Suffolk County Council spokesperson, which begins at Stanton.

A Norfolk County Council spokesperson revealed on the section of the B1111 which runs from the Suffolk border to the south of East Harling, there had been four accidents involving personal injury within the past five calendar years, including this week’s crash in Gardboldisham. They had resulted in one fatality, one serious injury, and four slight casualties.