Widow witness appeal after crash tragedy

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Widow witness appeal after crash tragedy

31st March 2014

A widow has issued an appeal for witnesses after her husband was killed when his car skidded off a flooded motorway.

Norman Milburn, 59, was driving along the A46 in Norton Disney on his way to a meeting when his Vauxhall Astra hit a large pool of floor water causing him to lose control of his vehicle.

The car span off the dual carriage way and hit a street light before sliding down an embankment and bursting into flames. Mr Milburn died at the scene.

His heartbroken widow Wendy, 57, said: “When a loved one leaves to go to work you never think it is going to be the last time you will see them and it is worse than you can possibly imagine.

“Norman was on his way to a meeting and while he was driving a new route I never worried about him on the roads as he was such a good driver. He had never previously even had an accident on the roads.

“I didn’t know about his accident until the police came and told me he had died, it was the worst moment of my life. I was just numb.

“The police told me he had lost control of the car because of the excess water that was on the carriageway. I just don’t believe that stretch of road was safe enough for people to drive along.”

Mr Milburn, who worked as a project manager for Hewlett Packard, was travelling along the A46 at 9.40am on 28th October 2013 on his way to a meeting.

The father-of-one, from Holmshaw, Sheffield, lost control of his vehicle when the car drove over a pool of surface water that was covering a large stretch of the road. The car skidded off the road and smashed into a lamppost and exploded, killing Mr Milburn instantly.

His family have now instructed law firm Slater & Gordon to launch a civil claim against the highway authorities as they believe the road was unsafe for motorists.

Retired council worker Wendy said:  “Our family has been torn apart by this loss. Norman was a wonderful, kind and loving man and he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

“We would like answers about why people were driving along this stretch of road in such dangerous conditions, it should never have been open with such a lot of water covering it.

“I hope that if other people come forward we can fight to make this road safer so others do not suffer the way we have.”

Jenny Keith, personal injury lawyer with Slater & Gordon, representing Mrs Norman, is now urging other motorists who may have experienced problems with surface water on the A46 to come forward.

She said: “This tragic incident has seen the premature death of a loving husband and father and in our view it could have been avoided had the road been in a fit and proper state for drivers.

“The Highways Authority has an obligation to make sure the roads are safe for motorists but we believe this stretch of road may have failed to meet this standard, therefore we would like to hear from anyone who has experienced similar driving hazards.”

Anyone with any information should contact Jenny Keith on 0844 854 3065.

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