Safety fears over Carronshore road after death of mum

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Concerns have been raised over the safety of a Carronshore road after a mother-of-four was killed in a car accident last week.

Two vehicles collided on Bothkennar Road on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 10 and 38-year-old grandmother, Marjorie Rafferty, died in Forth Valley Royal Hospital from her injuries the following day.

Residents of Carronshore are now calling for the speed limit to be lowered and for an ongoing drainage problem to be addressed as the road is subject to flooding during heavy rain.

Falkirk Council has said work will be done to make any adjustments that may be required once a full investigation into the accident is conducted by Police Scotland.

Ms Rafferty was driving a Ford Focus when she collided with a Mercedes van at around 3pm and was taken to the Larbert hospital where she died from her injuries.

She also had a young grandson and was engaged to be married in July.

Eyewitnesses said the road was badly flooded at the time of the accident.

One man, who asked not to be named, said: “The road was completely flooded and the speed limit is too high for this kind of road.

“It’s a 60mph but should be a 30mph zone. Cars are always ending up in the fields, there was one last week as well.”

Falkirk Council Leader Councillor Craig Martin said: “We will certainly work closely with police over complaints received and will make any improvements to the road that may be required. The council will look at the findings that come from the investigation and our staff will look at the road layout and conditions. We will work together with the police to make any adjustments that are deemed to be necessary.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family at this sad time.”

Police said the investigation was ongoing and urged anyone who witnessed the accident to come forward as it may assist their report into the accident.

Sergeant Roddy MacMillan of Police Scotland’s Trunk Roads Patrol Group said: “This was a tragic incident and our condolences are with the family of Marjorie Rafferty.

“I urge motorists to take care when travelling on the roads especially at this time of year when visibility and driving conditions can be significantly impacted.”

Officers are appealing for anyone who witnessed the accident to come forward with information by calling 101 as it could assist the investigation.

The strength of public feeling regarding the condition of Bothkennar Road in poor weather was highlighted after this fatal accident.

Many comments were left on the Falkirk Herald Facebook page calling for the speed limit to be lowered.

One said: “That road should never be 60mph, yes we are advised to drive to road conditions but it’s easy to think you’re capable of the higher speed when there’s a hidden danger, 40mph should be the tops on this road.”

He added that a re-evaluation of the road was needed and changes should be made before “more families go through what a Carronshore family are just now.”

Another said at the time: “The road is still very badly flooded and has been for years. Surely something now needs to be done with the road.”