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  • November 10, 2016
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Croydon tram driver ‘blacked out’ in crash that killed seven, claim passengers

Atleast seven were killed as tram derails after speeding round sharp bend.

Investigators said that the vehicle was travelling at a “significantly higher speed than what is permitted”, and are probing whether the driver may have fallen asleep.

It has been claimed that the driver blacked out at the controls. Traumatised survivors described the scene as ‘total carnage’ and ‘like something out of a film’ after the packed tram crashed at rush hour.

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Sink hole causes traffic chaos in Forest Hill

Traffic on Perry Vale was immediately stopped in both directions and the road was sealed off when a hole (around 10ft deep) emerged at around midday today.

Although pedestrians are not restricted, drivers are now being told to avoide the area.
In August, a hole opened beneath the train tracks in Forest Hill, sparking day-long delays on the London Underground, Thameslink and Southern Rail.

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Lorry driver who killed four while using phone jailed for 10 years

Tracy Houghton, 45, her sons, Ethan, 13, Josh, 11, and stepdaughter, Aimee, 11, died instantly when Tomasz Kroker drove his lorry into their car at 50mph. Their car was shunted underneath the back of a heavy goods vehicle and crushed to a third of its size.

The court heard that Kroker would have had an “excellent view of the road ahead” and, if he had been looking, would have seen a procession of seven lorries and cars slowing as the road rose uphill in front of him. But instead he spent about 45 seconds looking at his phone as he scrolled through music, only occasionally glancing up and unaware that the traffic ahead had come to a stop.

Ward-Jackson said: “It was only at 0.75 seconds before that the dashcam shows [Kroker] looking up with sudden horror on his face. By now, [...]

The North East’s most dangerous places to drive at night revealed

The dangers of driving at night have been laid bare by new statistics. According to the Department of Transport figures, One out of every seven (14.4%) road collisions in the whole of the North East occurred during twilight hours last year – the periods of dawn and dusk, between 5am and 7am or 6pm and 8pm. By comparison, only one in eight (12.9%) happened during the same hours for the months of May to August.

As for the early morning and evening crash proportion among all accidents between 6pm and 7am, they made up 51.3% out of 14,700 incidents between November and February compared to 48.7% out of 28,200 in the months from May to August – indicating that crashes are 2.6% more likely either between 5am and 7am or between 6pm and 8pm.

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  • October 18, 2016
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One of the UK’s most congested roads outside of London is here in the North East – but which is it?

The dangers of driving at night have been laid bare by new statistics. According to the Department of Transport figures, One out of every seven (14.4%) road collisions in the whole of the North East occurred during twilight hours last year – the periods of dawn and dusk, between 5am and 7am or 6pm and 8pm. By comparison, only one in eight (12.9%) happened during the same hours for the months of May to August.

As for the early morning and evening crash proportion among all accidents between 6pm and 7am, they made up 51.3% out of 14,700 incidents between November and February compared to 48.7% out of 28,200 in the months from May to August – indicating that crashes are 2.6% more likely either between [...]

South London cyclist killed in French race

Ian Bashford, 60, an amateur cyclist from South London who has been killed in France after he was hit by a vehicle just 200 meters (650ft) from the end of the race.

A support vehicle collided with Bashford as he made the dinal descent of the Duo Normand race in Marigny, north-west France, on Sunday afternoon and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Old Portlians said in an statement on its website: “It is with great sadness that we have to report that Ian Bashford was killed today while taking part in the Duo Normand.”

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Man arrested for speeding in DeLorean at 88mph

Nigel Mills, 55, a back to the future fan has been clocked speeding his DeLorean at 88mph in Essex but denied that he had been attempting to break the space-time continuum in his efforts.

“I wasn’t trying to time travel. It was at 11am on Sunday and the road was completely clear,” said Mills.
Mills said he only takes the two-seater out a few times a year and had taken the DeLorean out for a bit if “run around” when he was caught speeding.

No details on whether or not Mills had kitted his car out with a flux capacitor – essential for time travel – have been released.

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Prince Charles left shaken after car collides with deer

It has been reported that Prince Charles car has been involved in a collision with a deer at Balmoral. It is said that the condition of the deer was unknown.

Though the 67-year-old heir to the throne was uninjured, he was shaken by the incident.

Unlike with some other animals, drivers who hit a deer are not obliged to stop or report the incident to the police.

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  • August 19, 2016
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Cyclist who lost leg in lorry collision criticises driver’s £625 fine

Justin Dinsdale, 52, midwife whose leg was amputated at the roadside after she was hit by a Tesco lorry is hugely disappointed that the driver was fined just £625 and given five points on his licence after he pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention.

Dinsdale’s partner, Keith Bontrager, who created one of the most famous brands in cycling, was riding behind her at the time and witnessed the collision.

Dinsdale’s lawyer Sally Moore, head of personal injury at the firm Leigh Day, said they would now be taking civil legal action against Oprea and Tesco. “It remains a problem at the core of British society that serious collisions involving cyclists are still regarded as par for the course and appear to be treated as such by the courts,” Moore said.

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