Crash horror as biker dies outside New Waltham's Tollbar Academy
POLICE are today piecing together the final moments of a biker's life after he died in a collision outside Tollbar Academy yesterday.
The local 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries after a silver Vauxhall Corsa, driven by a parent of a student, was in collision with his Kawasaki 750 motorbike in Station Road, New Waltham, just before 9am. The road was closed until 3.45pm
At the time, scores of parents were dropping their children off at school, congesting the busy main road with rush-hour traffic, although police have not confirmed what caused the incident, or given any suggestion of contributing factors.
Academy staff were the first at the scene and battled to save the man – who has not been named – but he died at the scene.
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Traffic inspector Paul Sergeant has made an urgent appeal to drivers for information surrounding the circumstances of the crash.
He said: "The accident happened in heavy traffic at the entrance to Tollbar School and we are confident a lot of people would have
seen the collision.
"However, so far we have only had one witness come forward. We think this is because people did not realise at the time how serious the collision was.
"We urge all people who saw the car and the motorbike before the incident and the incident itself to contact us."
About ten police officers recreated the accident – which appeared to show the car turning into the school's sixth form gates from the New Waltham direction.
The school, parents and pupils successfully campaigned to reduce the speed limit outside the school from 40mph to 30mph last year and principal Stephen Moon has repeatedly written to parents urging them to take extra care when dropping their children off at school.
They have handed over CCTV footage from the school's security cameras, which may have captured the incident and will continue to help the police with their investigations.
Mr Moon, who has deep concerns about the road outside his school, praised the quick actions of his staff, who he described as "deeply shocked" by the tragedy.
He said: "Obviously what our first aiders saw was quite shocking.
"They are trained to deal with emergency situations but thankfully, ones like these do not happen often.
"There are some members of staff who have, naturally, suffered quite a shock from the after affects.
"I don't know what the answer is to all the traffic outside the school. We have campaigned for the speed limit to be dropped, we have successfully put box junctions in place to slow the traffic down and we have repeatedly written to parents, but we cannot force parents and other drivers to listen.
"We are always worried about that road, we have major concerns that it is very busy and we have taken every precaution to make sure our pupils are safe."
Officers investigating the cause of the crash do not believe the morning's frosty weather was a factor in the crash.
A 41-year-old Cleethorpes woman has been arrested and is helping police with their inquiries.