Chilling message from Burnley dad killed on M65

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Kirsty Tipping with her fiance Mark Burgess who was killed in a crash on the M65 Kirsty Tipping with her fiance Mark Burgess who was killed in a crash on the M65

A DRIVER killed on the M65 told his fiancée a week earlier that the road was ‘an accident waiting to happen’.

Father-of-two Mark Burgess had complained to Kirsty Tipping about how dark the road was as they travelled along the same stretch where the smash happened.

Miss Tipping is now supporting the Lancashire Telegraph’s Turn The Lights On campaign and is begging authorities to relight the road.

She said: “Mark said it was dangerous and that the lights needed to be put back on.

“The week before the crash, we were driving along the M65 and he said it was an accident waiting to happen.

“He had to put his main beam on twice.

“Then the accident did happen.”

A petition has also started about the lights after Burnley-born Mr Burgess, who lived in Abbey Village, was thrown from his Citroen Saxo when he crashed into a barrier near junction eight on November 23.

The 39-year-old, who was a HGV driver, had been visiting a cousin in Padiham, Miss Tipping said.

An investigation into the collision has been launched and there is so far no suggestion that the lighting was the cause.

But drivers behind Mr Burgess’ car said they believed they could have avoided crashing into debris from the vehicle on the carriageway from the accident had there been lights.

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Three other cars and an ambulance, which was transporting a patient from Nelson to Royal Blackburn Hospital, crashed into the debris, causing some to flip over.

Emergency services said that on at least one other occasion since they have asked for the lights to be put on temporarily following a crash on the M65 because debris has been on the road but have been refused.

The Highways Agency, which is responsible for the motorway between junctions one to 10, said the lights from seven to 10 were permanently switched off in 2011 as part of its scheme to save around 350 tonnes of carbon every year.

The agency said the remaining junctions had never had lights.

The stretch is part of around 121 miles of motorway nationally where the government switched off lights in a bid to help ‘save the planet’.

The section of the M65 from junction 10 to 14, where the lights are switched off between midnight and 5am, is the responsibility of Lancashire County Council.

Miss Tipping said she believed her fiancé, who was a former Towneley High School pupil, would have supported the campaign.

The 40-year-old home carer, who lives in Abbey Village, said: “I beg Lancashire County Council and the Highways Agency to put the lights on.

“Mark’s death might not have been prevented, but certainly the accidents after that caused by crashing into the debris could have been prevented.

“Fortunately nobody else was killed, but it could have happened.”

She said the exact circumstances surrounding Mr Burgess’ death were still a mystery.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned until February 18.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: "The police are still investigating the incident that occurred on the M65 and we will work with them where needed on the detailed circumstances of the accident, but cannot comment further until they have completed their investigation."

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10:23am Mon 23 Dec 13

HarryBosch says...

It will be interesting to see the results of the inquest as to the cause of this accident. Also we are still awaiting an outcome of the accident that claimed the life of market trader Oliver Jones on the A59 in October.
It is always tragic when anyone loses their life as a result of a road accident but we need to learn the causes so that we can do all we can to help prevent any more deaths.
Sympathies to Marks family.
It will be interesting to see the results of the inquest as to the cause of this accident. Also we are still awaiting an outcome of the accident that claimed the life of market trader Oliver Jones on the A59 in October. It is always tragic when anyone loses their life as a result of a road accident but we need to learn the causes so that we can do all we can to help prevent any more deaths. Sympathies to Marks family. HarryBosch

12:18pm Mon 23 Dec 13

bluewindow says...

If he thought it was so dangerous why drive on it? Not all of the 65 has lights nobody seems to be adding to install lights on those sections.
If he thought it was so dangerous why drive on it? Not all of the 65 has lights nobody seems to be adding to install lights on those sections. bluewindow

5:09pm Mon 23 Dec 13

shimmy says...

The lack of lights on roads is appalling but I do fear nothing will be done. It's seem a lack of care by the local authorities.
The lack of lights on roads is appalling but I do fear nothing will be done. It's seem a lack of care by the local authorities. shimmy

5:34pm Mon 23 Dec 13

POW WOW says...

Bring back renationalisation of the utility companies.
Bring back renationalisation of the utility companies. POW WOW

6:25am Tue 24 Dec 13

Lancs Away says...

bluewindow wrote:
If he thought it was so dangerous why drive on it? Not all of the 65 has lights nobody seems to be adding to install lights on those sections.
bluewindow you loser - what an inconsiderate comment - have some respect
[quote][p][bold]bluewindow[/bold] wrote: If he thought it was so dangerous why drive on it? Not all of the 65 has lights nobody seems to be adding to install lights on those sections.[/p][/quote]bluewindow you loser - what an inconsiderate comment - have some respect Lancs Away

9:22pm Thu 26 Dec 13

gregguk says...

I used to enjoy driving at night due to the quiet roads...
Not now. It's too dark.
Modern cars have brighter headlamps and i'm often blinded by them in the dark...
Turn on the lights..
It's what I pay road tax for...
I used to enjoy driving at night due to the quiet roads... Not now. It's too dark. Modern cars have brighter headlamps and i'm often blinded by them in the dark... Turn on the lights.. It's what I pay road tax for... gregguk

5:33pm Sat 28 Dec 13

bluewindow says...

Lancs Away wrote:
bluewindow wrote:
If he thought it was so dangerous why drive on it? Not all of the 65 has lights nobody seems to be adding to install lights on those sections.
bluewindow you loser - what an inconsiderate comment - have some respect
Loser? Big words little man
[quote][p][bold]Lancs Away[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluewindow[/bold] wrote: If he thought it was so dangerous why drive on it? Not all of the 65 has lights nobody seems to be adding to install lights on those sections.[/p][/quote]bluewindow you loser - what an inconsiderate comment - have some respect[/p][/quote]Loser? Big words little man bluewindow

10:10pm Sun 29 Dec 13

kirsty40 says...

Lancs Away wrote:
bluewindow wrote:
If he thought it was so dangerous why drive on it? Not all of the 65 has lights nobody seems to be adding to install lights on those sections.
bluewindow you loser - what an inconsiderate comment - have some respect
Well said bluewindow!!
[quote][p][bold]Lancs Away[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluewindow[/bold] wrote: If he thought it was so dangerous why drive on it? Not all of the 65 has lights nobody seems to be adding to install lights on those sections.[/p][/quote]bluewindow you loser - what an inconsiderate comment - have some respect[/p][/quote]Well said bluewindow!! kirsty40

6:09pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Jeff-Fetarsy says...

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6:16pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Jeff-Fetarsy says...

Look at the light pollution from LCC's schools, what they save in turning off road lighting they waste, lights at some Burnley schools are left on 24 hours a day seven days a week.
Look at the light pollution from LCC's schools, what they save in turning off road lighting they waste, lights at some Burnley schools are left on 24 hours a day seven days a week. Jeff-Fetarsy

4:56am Fri 17 Jan 14

Lancistan says...

With new low-power LED lighting. There is no longer the excuse to turn the lights off to save carbon emissions.
With new low-power LED lighting. There is no longer the excuse to turn the lights off to save carbon emissions. Lancistan

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