Man killed in smash on Hucknall bypass

A PEDESTRIAN was killed in an accident involving two cars on a section of Hucknall bypass on Wednesday night (March 9).

The man, who has not been named, is believed to have been standing in the road at about 7.40 pm when the vehicles, a Ford Fiesta and a Ford Focus, collided with him.

The accident happened on the 40mph-limit stretch of the bypass between Wood Lane and Watnall Road.

The victim died at the scene. No-one else was injured.

Police closed the road for several hours during an investigation.

Officers are now keen to speak to anyone who saw the accident. Witnesesses should call the crash investigation unit on 0300 3009999 (extension 816 2225). Alternatively, ring the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.

The section of the bypass where the man was killed has a good safety-record and features a series of crossings that serve housing estates on both sides of the road.

It is the only section that has a 40mph speed-limit. The rest are 60mph.

However the bypass has been the subject of complaints about speeding in the past. One of Hucknall’s former Labour members of Notts County Council, Chris Baron, labelled it a ‘racetrack’ where speeds reach 100 mph.

This persuaded Notts County Council to install central bollards to restrict speeds on the section between Watnall Road in Hucknall and Hucknall Lane in Bulwell.

Last November, a 42-year-old man suffered serious head-injuries in a mysterious crash on the bypass.

His silver Peugeot 307 car hit a lamp-post and a 28-year-old female passenger was left shaken. The car was travelling towards Watnall Road from Bulwell and no other vehicles were involved.

The man was placed in intensive care and spent eight days at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham before being discharged and making a full recovery.