Warning over narrow road after fatal crash in Rowlands Castle

Comley Hill, where Joe Butland died in an accident
Comley Hill, where Joe Butland died in an accident
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CONCERNS have been raised about the safety of a country lane that has become an accident blackspot.

Community leaders believe more signs may be needed along Comley Hill to warn drivers of the dangers.

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It comes after a fatal crash took place on Sunday on the narrow, winding road, which links Rowlands Castle with Emsworth.

As reported, 25-year-old dad-of-one Joe Butland, (pictured), from Edgell Road, Westbourne, died after his motorbike is thought to have hit two cars.

The cause of the crash is under investigation and it is not confirmed yet what happened.

But Marge Harvey, the long-serving councillor for Rowlands Castle, believes more measures may be needed to improve safety.

Cllr Harvey recently helped to reduce the speed limit from 60mph to 40mph on the road, which is dark and dotted with entrances to fields.

She said: ‘Comley Hill is a very dangerous place in Rowlands Castle.

‘It’s probably the most dangerous place. People have always been told to slow down but people don’t take notice and police don’t actually police it anymore.

‘Big lorries are not supposed to go along it.’

Six years ago Roger Elvin, a 56-year-old van driver from Portsmouth, was killed at Comley Hill after colliding head-on with a lorry that was over the weight restriction for the road.

Cllr Harvey said one of the biggest safety issues was an entrance to a field just after the top of the bridge at Comley Hill.

It means cars coming over the bridge cannot see cars that may be turning into the field.

She said: ‘It was only ever put there for an emergency when the field flooded to get to her cattle.

‘Now it’s used as a thoroughfare for 18 plots. I don’t think it should be there at all.’

An alternative entrance exists off Woodberry Lane.

Police were not able to comment as the investigation is on-going and stressed it is not known whether the road layout was a contributing factor.

Witnesses are still being sought. Police are keen to hear from anyone who saw the motorcycle or a dark 4x4 prior to the incident at about 4.10pm. Call 101.