Road users urged to take care on A1079 after series of accidents

Warning...Pressure group urges road users to be even more careful on the A1079.
Warning...Pressure group urges road users to be even more careful on the A1079.

A pressure group set up to improve the safety of the A1079 is urging road users to take extra care after three accidents on the road in just five days.

Action Access A1079 says motorists, cyclists and pedestrians need to be even more careful at this time of year.

Grahame Hicks, chairman of the group, said: “This is a dangerous time of year alternating between dark, rainy days and days when it is bright and sunny but the sun is low and obscures driver vision.

“There are often new drivers on the road who may not have driven in winter conditions before. No matter how much investment is made on the road, it is still important that drivers take care and drive to current conditions.

“Pedestrians, cyclists etc should ensure that they are highly visible. A little flashing red light on the back of a cycle may easily be missed in the rain.”

The warning comes after a three-vehicle crash on The Balk in Pocklington at the A1079 junction recently. The collision involved a blue Vauxhall Astra, a grey Volkswagen Transporter and a silver Renault Trafic van. The Balk was blocked in both directions.

This happened just days after the male driver of a red moped came off the motorcycle after clipping a curb and sustained minor injuries.

The incident happened near the Main Street, Wilberfoss turn off on the A1079.

In addition, a pedestrian was hit by a blue Toyota Yaris at the Barmby Moor and Wilberfoss turn off on the A1079 recently.

The 60-year-old man sustained serious injuries and was taken to Leeds General Hospital for treatment.