Leeds nostalgia: Road deaths down in 1945...

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While headline news rotated around the situation in Japan and the two atomic bombs which were dropped on the country on August 6 and 9, there was plenty of other news, including a report on the number of people killed on the road in June, which was less than the previous year.

The number of casualties on the roads across the UK in June totalled 11,219, according to the Ministry of War Transport, while deaths numbered 395, with 2,617 seriously injured.

The figures were nonetheless, a significant reduction on the previous year, although it was pointed out traffic was much heavier due to operations in Normandy.

The figures showed a reduction of 102 deaths and 192 seriously injured, although there was an increase of 575 in those slightly injured.

Compared to today’s figures, they seem small, although one has to take into account the vast increase in the amount of traffic since then.

In the year ending June 2014 there were 1,760 reported road fatalities, a three per cent increase from 1,713 in the previous year. KSIs (those killed or seriously injured) increased by four per cent, to 24,580 and the total number of casualties increased by four per cent to 193,290.

There was also a report about the death of York groom Robert Crowe, 66, from Walmgate, who was found dead in some stables with head injuries. The inquest into his death heard it was likely he had been kicked in the head by a horse he was stood behind - he had a lacerated scalp and fractured skull. Owner of the horses, D D Johnson, whose profession was given as ‘horse slaughterer’, said he bought the two shire horses for slaughter but added he did not know Crowe and he had no business being in the stables.