MSP wants warning signs after fatal crash

Sarah Laftavi was killed in the crash on Lasswade Road
Sarah Laftavi was killed in the crash on Lasswade Road
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CALLS have been made for more warning signs to be erected at an accident blackspot which has claimed the lives of three people in six years.

Talented young surgeon Dr Sarah Laftavi, 24, was killed last week when her car split in two following a horror collision with a double-decker bus on Lasswade Road.

The tragedy, which happened just minutes from her parents’ home, has sparked demands for more safety measures on the notorious road.

Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, said it was not designed for the levels of traffic using it today.

He said: “We are in a situation where we have more and more traffic on roads that aren’t geared up to that sort of 
volume.

“It is one of these roads where it is difficult because of the configuration of it but maybe more warning signs for motorists would help.

“A tragic incident like this one is a warning to us all that we all have to be careful.

“So often it’s not anyone’s fault and is out of the control of everybody.

“I can’t imagine what the driver of the bus or her family is going through.

“As far as making the road safer, it is very hard. The only thing that might help is more warning signs and, sadly, 
accidents like these must serve as a warning to others.”

David Hamilton, MP for Midlothian, said more signs were needed to warn drivers about reduced visibility.

He said there was often a problem with sunlight reflecting off the roads which can make it difficult for drivers to see. “Without pre-judging the outcome of any investigation into this tragedy, the time that it happened suggests it must have been sunlight.

“When I think about Midlothian, there’s quite a few areas where you can be blinded by the sun.

“The only way you can deal with that is to put up warning signs for drivers before they get to these points.

“Anywhere you have got hills, you are going to have this problem and maybe that’s something for the Transport Minister to look at.”

Investigations into the cause of the crash, which involved a number 31 Lothian Buses 
double-decker, are ongoing.

Witnesses said the front half of Dr Laftavi’s car ended up 15 metres away from the back end, which they said was embedded in the bus.

Tributes, including heartfelt messages from her distraught parents Mehdi and Margaret, were left at the crash site.

Sarah, had begun working at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy earlier this month.

Lasswade Road is notorious for fatal crashes. In May 2007, 18-year-old Alexander Scougall, of Gilmerton, was killed when the car he was travelling in overturned after colliding with a van.

Two years later motorcyclist Keith Henderson, 49, from Bonnyrigg, died after a collision with a skip lorry.