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Driver who died on Monday, April 14 on the Uttoxeter Road between Draycott and Blythe Bridge has been named as 29-year-old Christie Gallon from Cheadle

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

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A young woman who sadly died after her car collided with a lorry in the Staffordshire Moorlands has been named as Christie Gallon.

The 29-year-old, who lived in Ash Tree Hill in Cheadle, died on Monday (April 14) at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

The road traffic collision happened at around 8.25am on Monday, April 14, on Uttoxeter Road between Draycott and Blythe Bridge.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “A car was in collision with a heavy goods vehicle. The driver of the car, a 29 year-old local woman, was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire by ambulance but, despite the best efforts of ambulance and hospital staff, later died from her injuries.”

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West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Uttoxeter Road, Draycott, shortly before 8.30am. One ambulance, a paramedic officer and a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews found the driver trapped in a car that had sustained significant damage in the collision. The patient was treated for serious leg and internal injuries and went into cardiac arrest at the scene, and was given immediate advanced life support by ambulance crews.

“The casualty was rapidly extricated from the vehicle and conveyed to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. The hospital was alerted to the serious condition of the patient.

“The lorry driver was assessed at the scene but found to be uninjured.”

Although the circumstances of the incident are unknown at present, community leaders in Blythe Bridge and Draycott have been trying to get more safety measures installed on Uttoxeter Road after numerous road traffic collisions over the years.

Forsbrook Parish Council chairman councillor Gill Burton said: “Our sympathies go out to the family of the driver who has been killed in this tragic accident.

“We frequently see accidents at Draycott Roundabout, but not so much on the levels, which is where this collision occurred.

“By the nature of the long and straight road, while there is a speed limit of 40 mph, I do recognise that on occasions there can be an issue with speeding and the speed detector van does come down regularly.

“While people are not constantly speeding I have seen incidents of speeding in the past.

“We do think Uttoxeter Road lends itself to a scheme which is similar to Leekbrook, where every so often there are ‘interruptions’ along the length of the road such as pedestrian crossing islands.”

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or who was in the area at the time to call PC Brian Lovatt at the Collision Investigation Unit on 01785 234094 by calling 101 quoting incident 123 of 14 April.

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