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
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
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
"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
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.