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By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: August 20, 2008

TANGLED wreckage was strewn across the A158 between Horncastle and Baumber after a horrific three-car crash in which one man died and two other people were injured.

Police said the head-on collision, which happened just after 9am on Friday, involved a blue Honda HRV, heading towards Horncastle and a silver Vauxhall Vectra.

The Honda driver, Matthew Alexander Steels-Chambers (20), of Toft Close, Wainfleet St Mary, was pronounced dead at the scene by attending paramedics.

The 54-year-old Horncastle man who was driving the Vectra suffered neck injuries and was taken to Lincoln County Hospital.

His female passenger (53), also from Horncastle, sustained pelvic and abdominal injuries and had to be airlifted to Lincoln County Hospital. Neither is believed to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

A third vehicle, a Ford Fiesta, was also indirectly involved in the collision, but no one in this car was hurt.

Police spokesman Georgie Bates said: "Mr Steels-Chambers was driving a blue Honda HRV when, at around 9.05am, it was in a head-on collision with a silver Vauxhall Vectra travelling towards Lincoln in the opposite direction."

Police put diversions in place between Wragby and Horncastle for several hours after the accident and the road was eventually reopened at 2.30pm.

Sergeant, Dave Kay, traffic officer with Lincolnshire Police, said this was the 26th fatality on the county's roads this year. This compares with 49 deaths at the same stage of 2007.

"So far we are pleased that the number of deaths is significantly down on last year, but, of course, we cannot be sure what lies ahead," Sgt Kay said.

This stretch of the A158 has long been regarded as an accident black spot and has been officially designated as a 'red route', one of the 12 most dangerous roads in the county.

An inquest into Mr Steels-Chambers' death was opened and adjourned by HM Coroner yesterday (Tuesday).

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Witness Hotline on (01522) 558855.

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