Renewed calls have been made to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians after a weekend of carnage on the A64.
One leading campaigner believes the busy road should become more of a priority for the Highways Agency – and called on its bosses to look at introducing more measures to better protect road users.
The weekend began tragically when a pedestrian died after being hit by a white and blue DAF lorry in Sherburn on Friday evening.
The 25-year-old man was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary but died from his injuries the following day.
Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the collision on Friday and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
It was followed by a three-car crash near Huttons Ambo on Sunday afternoon when a 67-year-old woman needed treatment for a head injury and chest pains.
Firefighters were called to cut the roof off a black Vauxhall Corsa to free its occupants when the car veered off the A64 and into a ditch.
The other two vehicles, a Vauxhall Safira and Vauxhall Agila, ended up strewn across the road.
Police say the wreckage was not cleared from the A64 for two-and-a-half hours – leading to tailbacks as far back as the roundabout at Old Malton and diversions being put in place.
Officers were also called to a crash at nearby Crambeck on Saturday afternoon when a lorry shed its load, shutting the road down in both directions for six hours.
They are the latest incidents to blight the A64, which has endured many collisions and fatalities over the years.
County Cllr Clare Wood, whose ward lies alongside the A64, said: “In my mind it shows again the importance of needing better measures on the A64 – not only for engineering but safety as well.
“I think all of us who live locally and wider afield know that the A64 is not a priority for the Highways Agency.
“I always fear for the A64. What we are trying to do is make the best out of what we have got.
“We all think the professionals need to look at what they can do, work out what they have got and look wider afield to improve this important road so it is fit for purpose in this day and age.”
She added that two of the incidents at Crambeck and Huttons Ambo happened at a point on the A64, between the dual- carriageway and the entrance to Malton, where vehicles have no place to go if they are in difficulties – leading to the tailbacks if incidents do occur.
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