New concerns over road safety following double fatal crash in Barnsley village

Fresh pleas for safety improvements on a stretch of road claimed to have three separate hazards are expected, following a crash which claimed the lives of two men.

The victims, aged 57 and 23, were travelling in a BMW Z3 sports car, which was in collision with another vehicle on the A616 at Crowedge, on the edge of Barnsley.

A woman driving a second vehicle was also hurt in the collision, last Friday evening, but escaped without serious injuries.

Locals believe the road has three separate problems, from the nearby crossroads at Victoria to another at Hazlehead, with a third being an ‘S’ bend, where Friday’s collision happened.

That is still being investigated and the circumstances remain unknown, but Coun Allen Pestell, chairman of Dunford Parish Council said there were around three crashes a year in or around that location, along with others at each set of crossroads.

He said the road’s safety record would be discussed when the parish council meets next week, with the expectation Barnsley Council will be asked to take action.

Coun Pestell said he also expected the issue to be raised at Penistone Ward Alliance on the same evening, a body which includes ward councillors who represent the area on the local authority, though the remit of the ward alliance itself does not extend to such mainstream highways issues.

He said: “We have had many crashes at the Victoria crossroads. Coming up from Cumberworth towards Crowedge there are cars parked and it makes it a blind spot.

“We have had a few people who have missed the crossroads altogether.

“There is the very bad ‘S’ bend and we have people crash there two or three times a year. They get around one bend, then find another, going the other way, and over-correct.

“Then we have this bend and Hazlehead crossroads, which has never been resolved.”

There is a history of crashes at the Hazlehead crossroads, with two men from Rotherham dying when their Volvo car was in collision with a lorry several years ago.

Investigations by Barnsley Council had concluded problems there were down to driver error, said Coun Pestell.