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Danger road claims student's life

A CAMPAIGN to cut speed on one of South Cheshire's most dangerous roads is to be stepped up following a fatal smash.

A CAMPAIGN to cut speed on one of South Cheshire's most dangerous roads is to be stepped up following a fatal smash.

Paul Keegan, an 18-year-old student was killed when his car hit a telegraph pole on the A530 at Aston near Nantwich last week.

Paul who lived in Oakfield Avenue, Wrenbury, was on his way home after visiting friends in Whitchurch, when the fatal crash occurred at about 10pm on November 26.

No other vehicle was involved.

There have been five fatalities within a few miles of each other over the past few years and parish councillors have pressed for years for speed restrictions.

Adrian Lawrence, clerk to both Newhall and Sound Parish Councils said: 'I can remember five fatalities on this stretch of road in recent years and there have been numerous other accidents.

'The matter will be raised again at the next parish council meetings and I am sure members will be renewing their efforts to persuade the authorities to cut the speed limit, which at the moment stands at 60 miles-per-hour, the national limit for trunk roads.

'It is very sad indeed that there has been another fatality on this stretch of road.'

County councillor Arthur Moran, who has been appointed chairman of the Joint Highways Committee said: 'I will back any campaign by parish councillors to try to make this road safer.

'It has a terrible record and I personally feel something has got to be done to make driving conditions safer. In the past three of four years several people have lost their lives here, and sadly in most cases the accidents have involved very young people.

'I cannot think of any other stretch of road in the area which has such an unfortunate record.'

Paul was in the final year of his A level studies at South Cheshire College in Crewe and his father, Frank, said he had hoped to become a pilot.

He said: 'Paul had planned to go to Sheffield University to study aeronautical engineering and pilot training. He was very keen on flying and had been taking lessons at Sleap airfield.

'When he was only about 14 he did some work experience at Liverpool Airport and he pestered them so much that they gave him a part-time Saturday job and he had also worked there in school holidays.

'He just loved being involved in anything to do with flying and the people at the airport used to joke that he would qualify for a long service medal quicker than anyone they knew.'


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