Lancashire CC responds to safety calls after a young woman suffers fatal collision
Lancashire County Council has responded to calls from the family of Megan Byrne for new traffic calming measures to be installed on a ‘notorious’ road where she was killed.
The 22-year-old suffered fatal head injuries in the collision on Elton Road, Belthorn, at around 10.40am on February 20 this year, an inquest heard.
Her devastated family said the road has now witnessed ‘two fatal crashes and one crash resulting in a lady left in a wheelchair’.
In a statement sent to LancsLive after the hearing, they called on highways bosses to create new calming measures or make a design change/removal of the bend to prevent further accidents and fatalities.
Preston Coroners Court heard on Monday (May 4) that accident investigators discovered the yellow Mini One Megan was driving had two defective tyres, which would not have been visible to the naked eye.
As she negotiated a bend in bad weather conditions, she lost control of the vehicle, colliding with an Audi Q3 and into a field. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Following the collision, accident examiners discovered three leaks in the Mini’s run-flat tyres.
One of the offside tyres had a pressure reading of half the recommended level, and they were unable to get a reading from the other.
This would have affected the grip and handling of the vehicle, Preston Coroner’s Court heard.
The driver of the Audi, Heather Pimm, 31, suffered minor injuries in the collision.
The coroner said there was nothing she could have done to prevent the crash.
A post mortem examination, carried out by consultant radiologist Dr Vinay Parmar, concluded Megan suffered “catastrophic and fatal head injuries”.
Mr Newman said: “I don’t think she would have known anything beyond the initial impact.” He recorded her cause of death as a road traffic collision.
In a statement, Megan’s family said: “If there is anything positive that can come out of this harrowing time it would be that improved traffic calming measures could be implemented or design change/removal of this bend on this notorious stretch of road.
“Two fatal crashes and one crash resulting in a lady left in a wheelchair surely justifies this. Our hope is that Highways UK can make satisfactory improvements.
“We would also like to be involved in any police campaign to ensure all drivers check their tyre pressures and tyre condition prior to commencing any journey.”
Lancashire County Council has confirmed that ‘some improvements’ will be made this summer to the signs and lines on Elton Road.
A spokesperson said: “Every death on the roads is a tragedy and our sympathies are with the family and friends of Ms Bryne.
“There have been two fatal collisions on this road in the past year, and while investigations have not identified any highway issues as a contributory factor, we are due to make some improvements this summer to signs and lines on Elton Road to highlight certain bends.
“We will continue to monitor safety on this road and work with our colleagues in the police to improve highway safety.”