A CORONER has called for an urgent investigation into a section of the A1 after hearing how a Grantham antiquee dealer died after he lost control of his car when it hit standing water.
Garth Vincent, 63, of Allington Manor in Allington, was overtaking another vehicle on the northbound carriageway at Barrowby when his Jaguar XK8 hit the water and aquaplaned.
An inquest at Grantham Magistrate’s Court yesterday (Thursday) was told that Mr Vincent’s car spun out of control and left the road before colliding with a tree.
He suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead after being admitted to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.
The crash, on the morning of November 4 last year, was the third serious injury collision to occur on that stretch of road.
Lincolnshire Police collision investigator Pc Mark Brown told the hearing that the standing water on the carriageway was one of the factors which caused the accident.
Pc Brown said the rear tyres of Mr Vincent’s vehicle were defective as they did not have the legally required tread.
The antiques dealer was also travelling at above the 70mph speed limit at the time.
PC Brown said “The combination of an accumulation of surface water, high speed and poor tyres caused aquaplaning. If you take any one of these three factors out of the situation we wouldn’t be here today.
“The aquaplaning caused the vehicle to leave the carriageway and collide with a tree. It was a very heavy impact.”
Louise Proctor of A One +, the private contracting company which manages the road on behalf of the Highways Agency, told the hearing that an investigation is now underway into the issue of the standing water but currently no scheme is planned to remedy any defect in the carriageway drainage.
Coroner Paul Smith recorded a verdict of accidental death.
He said: “I am satisfied that both at the time of the accident and subsequently there have been occasions when standing water has been seen on the carriageway. It is in my judgement an issue that requires urgent investigation.”