POLICE are investigating the causes of three horror road accidents which happened over three days in the Belper area.
The collisions saw four men taken to hospital while one other was treated by paramedics at the scene.
A tractor driver was thrown through the windscreen of his vehicle after a collision with a 4x4 vehicle in Horsley Lane, Coxbench, on Tuesday, September 6, at 9.40am.
Police said that the man suffered injuries to his stomach after the impact saw him thrown through the windscreen and on to the road. He was found injured in the road 5 ft from his tractor. He was treated at the Royal Derby Hospital.
The driver of the Mitsubishi Shogun was also taken to hospital with abdominal injuries.
A head-on collision between two vehicles outside Turnditch on Monday, September 5, saw one man airlifted to hospital. The incident happened on the A517 at 12.15pm when a Ford Mondeo and a Citreon van collided. Fire crews from Duffield and Belper used hydraulic cutting equipment to free the van driver from the van, which ended up in a hedge. He was later airlifted to the Royal Derby Hospital. The driver of the Mondeo was treated by paramedics.
Residents say the area is an accident blackspot, with many near to the crossroads. Kate Lumbard, from the village, said there had been several crashes – one saw a car hit a wall and another ended up hitting the Railway pub there.
Debris and diesel were cleared from the road, which was re-opened by 2.30pm.
In the third accident, a BMW collided with a lamppost near Kilburn and caused tailbacks for several hours while a clean-up operation took place. The driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries after the crash on Wednesday, September 7, at 6am, which exposed wires on the lamppost at Rawsons Green.
A spokeswoman for Derbyshire police said: “We are still investigating these collisions, which happened near Turnditch, Coxbench and Kilburn last week.
“Our investigations are in the early stages and we are not yet able to confirm the cause of each incident. We would like to thank other drivers for their patience and support while we closed the roads following these collisions.
“It was necessary to do this so that casualties could be treated and the vehicles removed safely.
A spokesperson for the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership said crash figures for the county for 2010 were the lowest for 30 years. Last year 30 people were killed, 380 people were badly hurt and 3,506 people received minor injuries on roads in the county.
Witnesses to the incidents are asked to call police on 0345 123 3333.