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THE NUMBER of vehicles involved in accidents where jack-knifing occurred is falling year by year.
This fact emerged from figures given in the Commons last week by Mr John Horam, Under Secretary for Transport, who pointed out that it was not possible to separate accidents caused by jack-knifing from those in which jackknifing was a result of the accident.
He said that in 1969 a total of 790 vehicles had been involved in this type of accident, of which 54 were fatal. In the following years the numbers were: 1970 737 (45), 1971 611 (52), 1972 523 (34), 1973 521 (46), 1974 506 (44) and 1975 442 (25).
Mr Horam explained that these figures included articulated goods vehicles, cars towing caravans and other vehicles towing trailers.