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British road named as one of world's most deadly

A road in Britain has been named as one of the most dangerous in the world, ranking up there with deadly highways from Baghdad to Bolivia.

North Yorkshire's 14-mile single lane A682 between Long Preston and the M65 has seen 22 serious road traffic accidents in the past three years- two of them fatal. Boffins at AutoExpress magazines calculated that this was 0.5 deaths per ten miles every year, therefore putting it in the Top 10 global blackspots list.

A biker who was lucky to survive a motorcycle accident on the road told reporters, "This is the sort of road that will test you and if you are found wanting it will punish you."

But there are some far more deadly roads in the world than the A682, as David Johns, editor-in-chief of Auto Express, the magazine that conducted the research, explained, "We all think British roads and drivers are incredibly dangerous but, with one exception, our research doesn't bear that out.

"The French take their lives in their hands when they drive around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris- there is a vehicle accident there on average every 12 minutes. Imagine the outcry if the same thing happened in London."

Coming top of the poll was the Yungas Road in Bolivia, which sees a staggering 75 fatal road traffic accidents every year, and in second place was Route Irish in war-torn Baghdad, closely following with 70.



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