Fenland councillor pleads for lower speed limit on A141 after son is injured in crash

12:10 22 July 2011

Chris French

Chris French


A FENLAND councillor has called for a 30mph speed limit on the A141 outside her home after her son was seriously injured in a collision with a lorry.

Chris French, the son of Councillor Jan French, suffered broken ribs and a fractured pelvis when his car collided with a lorry on Wednesday evening.

The crash took place outside Cllr French’s home in Wisbech Road, Westry, near March.

Chris suffered fractured ribs, a broken pelvis, damaged vertebrae, bleeding on his liver, swollen lungs, a nasty gash to his head and a cut on his arm.

He was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge by air ambulance. Chris is heavily sedated and could have an operation today.

The collision took place just days after a similar collision close to the entrance of Fenmarc Produce involving three cars, one of which was driven by farmer John Martin who also lives in Wisbech Road.

Cllr French, a former Mayor of March, said: “A police officer told me that not one week goes by without a collision of some kind along this road. I cannot imagine how much it costs to send police, doctors, the fire brigade and sometimes the air ambulance here every week.

“If this is happening on a weekly basis then something must be done. Westy is a village and needs a 30mph speed limit.

“Myself, Mick (her husband) and Kim (her daughter) have had so many near misses on this road because people don’t realise sometimes that we are stopping. I have to indicate very early and pump my brakes so my brake lights flash to make sure I am safe.”

Cllr French also praised the passing motorist who stopped at the scene to pull Chris out of his Peugeot 106 following the collision.

She said: “Kim climbed in through the sunroof and I opened the door to help Chris but we then discovered fuel was leaking so needed to get him out as soon as possible.

“Kim and I insisted that the man pulled Chris out despite his injuries and we want to thank him for his help.”

The driver of the lorry, from Derbyshire, was uninjured in the collision.

The A141 was closed for more than four hours while emergency services treated the man and cleared the wreckage.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Pc Steve Edwards said: “We believe there were several other cars in the area at the time and we are asking for the drivers to get in touch.

“We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the vehicles involved in the moments leading up to it.

“Any information no matter how small could help to discover how this collision occurred.”

CONTACT: Pc Edwards on 0345 456 4564.


  • Our sympathies are with Cllr French and the family after this truly traumatic event and our prayers and good wishes are with her son Chris. I share Jan's concern about the A141 and wonder how long it is going to be before the relevant authorities address the considerable hazards on this particular stretch of road. There have been roadworks very recently causing single lane traffic, no doubt to do with the construction of the new pub on the corner of Hostmoor Ave. When the pub opens that corner will become even more hazardous. Traffic heading for Wisbech and exiting from that junction crazily has to turn left and double back from the roundabout at the start of the March bypass therefore greatly increasing the volume of traffic at and coming back from the roundabout, increasing the potential for accidents. A 30mph limit may help but surely the ultimate solution must be to put traffic lights or a roundabout at the Hostmoor Junction. Something which was called for originally but deemed not to be necessary.

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    Monday, July 25, 2011

  • I wish Chris all the best on his recovery and I thank Cllr French for her kind words.

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    Saturday, July 23, 2011

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