New safety call after boy, 3, seriously hurt in Sutton Bridge road crash

Railway Lane South, Sutton Bridge, pic of Emma Carter and three-year-old son after road accident, ANL-150909-155207001
Railway Lane South, Sutton Bridge, pic of Emma Carter and three-year-old son after road accident, ANL-150909-155207001

A Sutton Bridge mum is campaigning for improved safety measures on the road where she fears her three-year-old son could have been killed in a crash.

Cory Carter suffered a fractured skull and broken leg when he was involved in a collision with a silver Nissan 4x4 in Railway Lane South last Wednesday.

The toddler was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where he spent three nights before being discharged on Saturday.

But the mental scars will take longer to heal and Cory’s mum, Ella Carter, wants safety measures brought in on the 30mph Railway Lane South to slow vehicles down when coming off the A17 from both directions.

Ella said: “I had a bunch of kids in my garden playing 
hide and seek on the day before they were due back at school.

“After I finished talking to the older ones about starting secondary school, I took the washing out of my drier and put it in a basket when I heard the bin fall over outside.

“My eight-year-old son came running into the house, burst into tears and told 
me that Cory had been run over.

“The older kids had gone out the gate and left it open, so Cory followed them and went into the road.”

There is no suggestion that the driver of the car was speeding and police are not investigating.

Ella even praised the female driver of the vehicle involved as one of the “safest” who use the road.

But she claims there are plenty of people who do speed – and it is those she wants to stop.

Ella said: “It terrified the life out of me and I was deeply in shock, especially when the paramedics said I wasn’t allowed in the air ambulance with Cory.

“The Nissan driver was shaken up but she stayed with me the whole time and I don’t blame her because she’s one of the safest drivers to come down this road.

“But there are other drivers who come off the A17 and speed down here, without knowing that Railway Lane South has always had kids who play down here.”

Ella plans to get influential backing for her safety campaign, including parish and county councillor Chris Brewis and MP John Hayes.

She said: “Anything can happen to your child in a split second and I wouldn’t wish on anyone else what’s happened to us.”

“But if it can happen to Cory, then it can happen to anybody.”