'Most dangerous road' strikes again after latest A371 crash
A driver was left trapped by an accident this week on the road dubbed as Britain’s most dangerous stretch of highway.
Last week’s Shepton Mallet Journal detailed the terrifying sequence of crashes on the A371 near Evercreech.
Within 12 hours five cars crashed off the road with many of the drivers blaming the layout of the highway.
The story quickly spread and since then has been featured on various radio and television broadcasts, in newspapers and on news websites.
Many were quick to claim the rural road was the UK’s most dangerous.
And on Monday morning that nickname looked justly-deserved when emergency services were called back to another crash, further down near the Ditcheat junction.
Shortly after 5am two vans had collided, leaving one man trapped by his legs.
Hydraulic-cutting equipment had to be used to free the driver, who was later taken to hospital. The road was closed for more than three hours while emergency services carried out an investigation and cleared the scene.
Mendip district councillor Peter Bradshaw told this newspaper this week that he would be calling for a meeting at the site.
“I am going to push Somerset Highways to hold a site meeting so we can discuss what needs to be done,” he said.
Somerset Highways inspected the road after the crashes and said no faults had been found.
However the multiple crashes have brought infamy to the area and its residents.
It has been featured on news web sites as far away as the Philippines, who have all reported the comments of the local residents.
One in New York carried the story, with a picture of a crash in inner-city London. Another in China described Evercreech as a “UK city” and included a photograph of a six-lane motorway.
However all the coverage has produced one good side effect, according to Steve Cobbin, one of the residents of the cottages worst effected last week.
“People have seen it on the television and newspapers and when they drive past they are certainly slowing down now, to take a look,” he said.
“There is still some debris here, a hole in a wall, glass and oil. People are slowing down to have a good look.
“I don’t know how much speed was a factor in those crashes though, it could be that there are a number of factors.
“But there have been an awful lot of accidents. We’re lucky no one has been killed here.”
A Somerset County Council spokesman said: “We are aware of incidents on that bend and are looking into a number of angles, including the road surface and vehicle speed, and we will take appropriate measures based on our findings.
“An appropriate time to hold a meeting there would be after our checks are completed.”