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Site of fatal crash in Mistley which killed Carys Hammond ‘is a blackspot’

PUBLISHED: 19:33 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 19:43 19 April 2017

The scene the morning after a single-vehicle fatal road traffic collision in Brickman's Hill between Mistley and Bradfield, near Manningtree. Picture: ARCHANT

The scene the morning after a single-vehicle fatal road traffic collision in Brickman's Hill between Mistley and Bradfield, near Manningtree. Picture: ARCHANT

There have been other fatal collisions at the site of a crash in north Essex which claimed the life of an 18-year-old woman, a resident has said.

The teenager who was driving the car involved in the accident on Monday evening – named locally as Carys Hammond – died in the crash at Brickman’s Hill, between Mistley and Bradfield.

Now Mark Cole, chairman of the Colchester and district Driving Instructors’ Association, has said there have been 16 collisions in nine years at the spot – with resulting bridge repairs costing Essex County Council around £64,000.

He uncovered the figures after a Freedom of Information request.

Mr Cole has previously suggested detailed safety measures which could be installed, such as refreshed bend signs and an illuminated warning triangle on the approach, and at the bridge itself putting in a chicane and making it a priority lane, forcing cars to slow down.

Mr Cole, who lives in nearby Wrabness, said: “These safety measures would cost £15-20,000, so it’s not difficult to work out the cost savings in repairs – and lives.

“I’m in shock, but not surprised by what has happened. This has been coming for a long time.”

Former colleague Barry Moir, a lifelong Bradfield resident and driving instructor for 30 years, also said he could recall other fatal crashes at the spot.

Mr Moir, 72, added: “I have driven along it many, many times, and there have been so many accidents, action is needed.”

An Essex Highways spokesman said: “We were saddened to hear of this tragic death and our thoughts are with the victim’s family at this sad time.

“Essex Highways will fully investigate the collision in conjunction with our colleagues at Essex Police, as we do for all fatal road incidents. It would be inappropriate to comment further until these investigations have taken place.”

Road safety measures are usually dealt with by the district’s Local Highways Panel (LHP).

Carlo Guglielmi, district councillor for Mistley and LHP member, had said he was not aware of issues at the site, despite having been sent the information uncovered by Mr Cole.

Yesterday he said he would do “what he could” to ensure signage was added to the area until a long-term solution could be found, and added the site should be re-looked at in the wake of the tragedy.

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