Calls For Inquiry Into County Durham Family Crash
10 November 2015, 18:13
A County Durham woman, who lost five members of her family in a head-on collision, is demanding a public inquiry into what happened.
Angela and David Cockburn, from Chester-le-Street, died along with their two daughters and granddaughter in a crash on the A18 in Lincolnshire in April 2013.
The road near Laceby was named Britain's most dangerous in a documentary in 2011.
The family had been at a dance competition in Skegness and were returning home, when their car collided with a HGV.
They left behind their son Dean, who was 24 at the time.
Ann Walker is Angela's sister, she said:
"Nothing prepared me for what I was told on the phone that day."
"I remember thinking 'it can't be right, it can't be them' - we've been given a life sentence."
"I can't just walk away from this and think 'it's ok, my family are dead?' - it's not ok."
"I don't think it will ever leave us, it will never go away."
The Crown Prosecution Service isn't looking to prosecute anyone for the collision, a decision the family have appealed.
A petition calling for a public inquiry now has around 7,000 signatures and Ann says that support keeps them going.
"To have that support is overwhelming, it gets you emotional and upset because you look out there and think people do care."
"We can't bring back who've we've lost but if I can prevent another family going through this then I want to do as much as I can."
An inquest into their deaths is due to take place later this month.