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Girl’s car crash death sparks call for speed limit change

Posted in: Car Accidents Road Traffic Accidents 

A 22-year-old woman died after suffering severe injuries in a car crash last week. Disneyland Paris performer Karen Gibson crashed into a tree on a notoriously dangerous road in Hamilton, and died in hospital two days later. Following the accident, a number of previous casualties were unearthed, inspiring her friends to draw up a petition to have the speed limit lowered on the road. The petition has already attracted over 2,500 signatures.

The petition states that a total of five road traffic accidents had happened on Carlisle Road in Hamilton over the last few months. It reads: “Something has to be done on this stretch of road to make it safer for everyone, as too many people speed up and down it.” It has called for the speed limit to be reduced from 50mph to 30mph, as well as speed cameras, traffic lights and a roundabout to be put in place to slow the traffic down.

“too many lives lost”

Ms Gibson was involved in the crash at 8:30 last Monday, after which she was immediately rushed to Wishaw General Hospital before being transferred to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, where she died two days later. 

One of her friends, Claire Walsh, wrote on social media: “Too many accidents on this road and too many lives lost, both young and old. RIP Karen.”

Police Scotland is in the midst of an investigation, and will be sending a report to the prosecutor fiscal in due course.

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