Four hurt in spate of road accidents

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FOUR people were injured on Doncaster’s roads as a new safety campaign is launched.

The most serious casualty over the weekend was a scooter rider whose Piaggio collided with a Peugeot car at the junction of Carr House Road and Stockill Road in Hyde Park on Saturday afternoon.

The scooter rider was taken to hospital with possible back and neck injuries, but they are not thought to be life- threatening.

The road was closed to all traffic from about 5pm.

Less than an hour earlier a young man had to be cut free by firefighters from a crashed car near Crookhill Park Golf Club.

Police were called to the three-vehicle collision on Carr Lane, between Edlington and Conisbrough, at around 4pm on Saturday.

A passenger in a Seat car, a 22-year-old man, was released by Maltby fire crews and taken to hospital with possible spinal injuries, but he was later able to leave the hospital.

A woman in her 40s driving a Daihatsu car was taken to hospital with minor chest injuries and later discharged, while the driver of a Ford Transit van did not need hospital treatment.

Earlier on Saturday an 89-year-old man escaped with cuts and bruises after being in collision with a car after he got off a bus in Everingham Road, Cantley.

Road Safety Week, coordinated by the charity Brake, started yesterday with calls for action after a survey revealed the level of risk-taking among young motorists.

The survey of 541 young people in Yorkshire showed two-thirds fear for their lives at times when passengers with a young driver at the wheel, and almost six in 10 have been endangered by risk-taking peers speeding or drink driving.

The vast majority would also support a tougher regime for novice drivers, such as a zero-tolerance alcohol limit or tougher penalties.

A Brake spokesman said: “Every nine days a young person is killed on Yorkshire and Humber roads, leaving behind devastated family and friends. Every 16 hours another suffers a serious injury or life-changing injuries such as brain damage or limb loss.”