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Pair killed in crash on A48 in Lydney named locally

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 29, 2013

Man and woman die in crash on A48 in Lydney

The A48 in Lydney was closed for five hours after a fatal crash left two dead and a third with life-threatening injuries

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A man and a woman from Lydney who were killed in a car crash on a 'notorious' stretch of the A48 in the Gloucestershire town on Friday have been named locally as The victims, named locally as Tania Manka and Shayne Witts.

Mr Witts, 29, and Ms Manka, 46, both from Lydney, died at the scene in their Peugeot, while a 72-year-old woman in the other car, a Mitsubishi, was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol with life-threatening injuries and remains in a serious condition.

A second woman remains in a serious condition after being airlifted from the scene at Lensbrook at 3.40pm.

The 72-year-old injured woman, who was travelling in a Mitsubishi, was taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol with life-threatening injuries and remains in a serious condition. The road was closed for five hours.

The accident prompted those living nearby have said the speed limit should be reduced, with one saying people use the road as a race track.

But another resident said reconsidering the speed limit would not stop those who already break the law and speed there.

County councillor Alan Preest said: “It is an awful road, a very fast road. It’s terrible that it has happened at this time of year and everyone has to take care at Christmas, whether that’s speed or drinking or drugs.

“Its notorious that road. Perhaps we need a lower speed limit but perhaps we need more policing out there on these fast stretches of road.

“It’s a very frustrating road because the way it is designed is for no overtaking and one of few places to overtake is between Blakeney and Lydney. Having police visible would urge people to slow down. I’m working with the county council to get some vehicle activated signs on the outskirts of Lydney and perhaps we need to get some on the approach too.”

Anyone who witnessed the collision but hasn't spoken to police should call 101, quoting incident 347 of December 27.

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