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Irony strikes on new road

Date 26 Jan 2007

A man who led a 30-year campaign for a new bypass has become the first person to crash on it. Jim Burley fought for the bypass in Pegswood, Northumberland, to reduce heavy traffic through the village. Jim told the Sun: "Other parish councillors have been ringing to say they can't believe it was me involved in the accident when I have been making a song and dance about the bypass for years."

The accident was on a section of the bypass which is open to traffic while work continues to complete the remaining stretch. Parish council chairman Jim, 70, and his wife Eunice, 69, were not seriously hurt when their Vauxhall van was in a head-on collision with another van. This tale appears to be a good lesson in being careful what you wish for.

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