Winchcombe woman, 87, dies in Cleeve Hill smash
CONCERNS have been raised over the safety of a hilltop road near Cheltenham following a fatal collision in which an elderly woman died.
The 87-year-old, who lived in Winchcombe, was killed when the car she was travelling in careered off the B4632, on Cleeve Hill, smashing through a roadside wall and into a parked car.
An 88-year-old man, believed to be the woman's husband, who was behind the wheel of the grey Vauxhall Astra, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Residents said there had been several accidents on the road in recent years – with water running off the hill creating a treacherous surface.
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Mark Thomas, 62, who lives opposite the crash site, said: "I heard an almighty wallop and came out to see what was going on, but the emergency services were already here.
"A neighbour said the man was conscious and had cuts and bruises, but did not know what had happened."
"The road was soaking wet because of spring water coming down the road so maybe that had something to do with it. I have lived here for three-and-a-half years and there have been six accidents here in that time."
Gordon Raffle, 61, who lives nearby, added: "When we get heavy rain it does tend to seep down onto the road which can cause problems.
"They reduced the speed at the top from 50mph to 40mph a couple of years ago, but a lot of drivers still go too quickly."
The Vauxhall Astra was travelling up the hill towards Winchcombe when the collision took place at around 2.15pm on Sunday.
No other vehicles were involved.
Gloucestershire Highways said it would be inappropriate to comment on the reasons for the crash while police were investigating.
Police appealed for any witnesses to call police on 101, quoting incident number 259 of December 9.