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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


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


"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.

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