Road safety petition lodged after crash

Flowers at Brockhole Brow where two people died after a collision with a BMW.
Flowers at Brockhole Brow where two people died after a collision with a BMW.
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Calls have been made to improve the safety of a major road in Preston, after two young women died.

Rachel Marie Murphy, 23, from Ribbleton, and her friend 17-year-old Shelby Maher, died on April 20 after being struck by a BMW on Brockholes Brow.

Now friends and family have lodged a petition, urging Lancashire County Council to install a pedestrian crossing and change the road layout of the A59 at Brockholes Brow.

A petition on the county council website said: “We the undersigned petition the county council to install a pedestrian crossing on the A59 at Brockholes Brow/Tickled Trout Hotel.

“We also ask the council to reduce the speed limit and remove the middle lane as it is a potential hazard.

“We feel this would help to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on the road.”

The petition was launched last week, and runs until June 9.

Yesterday evening, more than 110 people had signed it.

A 15-year-old was taken to hospital with a suspected broken arm and leg, following the crash, which happened at about 6.40pm.

After the crash, the families of Rachel and Shelby released tributes to the young women, and both said they were “devastated”.

Rachel’s family said: “She was a very happy-go-lucky girl, an avid football fanatic and wherever Rachel was she would always have a group of children following.

“She was a very polite, well-mannered girl who had a heart of gold and she would do anything for anybody.”

Shelby’s family said: “Shelby could be shy with those that she did not know, however once she did know you, she could be the best friend you could ever wish for. Shelby loved to sing and loved her music.”