Safety call after car plunges down side of Frocester hill
ANOTHER serious crash at an accident black spot has prompted a call to see if more can be done to improve road safety.
The 68-year-old driver of a silver Suzuki Jimny 4x4 suffered what police described as "non life-threatening injuries" after it careered down an 80-metre drop off the side of Frocester Hill.
"Clearly this is a worrying accident and I am glad to hear that the driver appears to have not been seriously injured, but I will ask if we can look again at any safety measures that can be taken here," said Coun Steve Lydon (L, Dursley) whose division covers the steep road which snakes up and down the Cotswold escarpment.
Skid marks on the road and verge indicate the car was heading downhill towards Frocester and hit the nearside kerb just before the first sharp left-hand bend.
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The vehicle crashed through a fence and hedge and careered 80 metres down a steep bank.
Firefighters from Stroud, Gloucester and Lydney, including a specialist rope team, were called at 7.35am yesterday by Gloucestershire Police.
The driver was cut free from the wreckage and a police spokesman said he was taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol by air ambulance. His condition was described as stable and not life threatening.
Mr Lydon said another vehicle left the road there but didn't go over the edge a few weeks ago, and it has been the scene of serious crashes over several years.
Two drivers were freed by firefighters from two cars there in November 2012.
In August 2003, a woman suffered hip and whiplash injuries when the car in which she was a passenger was in a head-on crash.
A Longlevens woman was injured there in a two-car crash in October 2001, and a year before that a car overturned on the hill.
The vehicle involved in yesterday's crash is registered to a Manchester address.
No other vehicles were involved and there was no suspicion of alcohol being consumed by the driver.