Coroner calls for improved visibility on A38 at Langaller Crossroads near Taunton

Cecil Pengelly.

Cecil Pengelly.

First published in News

A CALL for improved visibility for cars pulling out from the Creech St Michael road onto the A38 Taunton to Bridgwater road has been made by the West Somerset Coroner.

Michael Rose is making the recommendation to Somerset County Council after hearing that a motorist who died after driving into the path of an oncoming transit van may not have been able to see clearly.

Speaking at today's inquest of Cecil Pengelly, Mr Rose said: “He may have been fooled by the shadow of a tree and also a white road sign. I will make a recommendation to Somerset County Council that they make the visibility there better – it isn’t good.”

Earlier the court heard that Mr Pengelly, 80, of Old Road, North Petherton, pulled out of the Langaller Crossroads junction in his Peugeot right in front of a van driven by Paul Allen, who was unable to avoid crashing into the car.

“As soon as I got to the junction I saw Mr Pengelly look at me and just pull out,” said Mr Allen.

“We made eye contact and I said, ‘What are you doing?’ It just happened so fast.”

The impact, on the morning of October 28 last year, ripped the driver’s door off Mr Pengelly’s car and threw him onto the carriageway as the vehicle spun round 360 degrees and came to rest on a grass verge.

A number of witnesses, including a doctor, stopped to help, but there was nothing they could do to save him.

Other motorists and police investigator PC Joseph Sample said there was insufficient time for Mr Allen to avoid the collision.

Mr Rose concluded that Mr Pengelly died in a road traffic collision of massive internal trauma injuries.

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5:40pm Thu 12 Jun 14

RightToAnOpinion says...

Could do with the 40mph speed limit extending from from Britons Ash right past the the junction for Monkton Heathfield as the speed of some drivers is unbelievably idiotic and with all the houses being built along there the accidents will only increase, in fact lowering that stretch to 30mph would be perfect.
Could do with the 40mph speed limit extending from from Britons Ash right past the the junction for Monkton Heathfield as the speed of some drivers is unbelievably idiotic and with all the houses being built along there the accidents will only increase, in fact lowering that stretch to 30mph would be perfect. RightToAnOpinion
  • Score: 2

9:52pm Thu 12 Jun 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

This junction is very near where I live and the amount of people that just pull out with oncoming traffic is staggering. It has to be said that the majority of those I've personally encountered are elderly drivers who are perhaps unable to accurately judge the speed of approaching vehicles. I agree to an extent with altering the speed limit at this junction, however some kind of signage making it clear that it's a NSL stretch of road would potentially also be beneficial.
This junction is very near where I live and the amount of people that just pull out with oncoming traffic is staggering. It has to be said that the majority of those I've personally encountered are elderly drivers who are perhaps unable to accurately judge the speed of approaching vehicles. I agree to an extent with altering the speed limit at this junction, however some kind of signage making it clear that it's a NSL stretch of road would potentially also be beneficial. GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: 7

10:06pm Thu 12 Jun 14

somersetvoyager says...

Let's be honest, you can see for miles in either direction at that junction, unless you're partially sighted.
Let's be honest, you can see for miles in either direction at that junction, unless you're partially sighted. somersetvoyager
  • Score: 7

4:26pm Fri 13 Jun 14

timmybadger says...

Langaller road is due to be closed for 22 weeks anyway and the main A38 road is being diverted. So it will be sorted soon anyway.
Langaller road is due to be closed for 22 weeks anyway and the main A38 road is being diverted. So it will be sorted soon anyway. timmybadger
  • Score: -1

1:46pm Mon 16 Jun 14

swjoduk says...

I think their are plans to build a roundabout there as part of the new housing and also another roundabout on the road to Creech to take you onto the new road behind Hyde Lane and back to the new roundabout at the Bathpool end.

I agree that the visibility is pretty good at this junction these days (I think the council increased the visibility splays some time ago. It is alarming that the poor chap that died was thrown from his vehicle. This shouldn't happen with 3 point seat belts.
I think their are plans to build a roundabout there as part of the new housing and also another roundabout on the road to Creech to take you onto the new road behind Hyde Lane and back to the new roundabout at the Bathpool end. I agree that the visibility is pretty good at this junction these days (I think the council increased the visibility splays some time ago. It is alarming that the poor chap that died was thrown from his vehicle. This shouldn't happen with 3 point seat belts. swjoduk
  • Score: 2

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