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Car careers into ditch on 'danger' bend

Calls for action after series of incidents

John Garvey

John Garvey


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Car careers into ditch on 'danger' bend

THIS was the scene at Burys Bank Road in Thatcham this afternoon (Saturday) after a car spun into a ditch.

The driver of the Seat Ibiza, 58-year-old Jane Garvey, was badly shaken but not seriously hurt.

The incident happened around 1.30pm and caused the road to be closed for more than an hour, causing tailbacks while police, fire and ambulance services attended and the area was made safe.

Mrs Garvey, who lives locally, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Police had to close the road again later while the car was removed by emergency services because of the fear of causing another accident at the awkward bend.

A district councillor who lives on the road, Sheila Ellison (Con, Thatcham North), expressed concern at the number of accidents there.

She said today's incident was the sixth in recent months.

Mrs Garvey said: "When the car came to rest I was trapped at first and there was smoke pouring from the engine so it was pretty frightening. I managed to get the door open and scramble out and I was helped by some lovely people who stopped to check I was alright.

"I'd like to thank, in particular, the two ladies who let me sit in their car until helped arrived."

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  • hgv1driver


    23/02/2017 - 22:10

    Keep to the speed limit, lets try this first before we start changing the layout of the road and spending money


  • Ihavenonickname

    16/11/2016 - 13:01

    A lesson indeed to slow down! Lol


  • Hammerthebookie

    14/11/2016 - 15:03

    As i recall the weather condition were rain for most of the day on Saturday . Its a common mistake of drivers not realizing the road surface becomes very slippery after a dry period & then rain. Driver error !!


    • Tommy

      15/11/2016 - 09:09

      I remember finding out this fact during my early motorcycling days !!!!!!


  • NewburyLad

    12/11/2016 - 22:10

    A bend that millions and millions of other drivers have successfully negotiated without incidence faces demands to be altered, out of my (and your) tax pocket? No thanks. Mrs Garvey needs to give up driving because your driving ability is way below par and you are clearly a danger to other road users.


    • brian N

      14/11/2016 - 06:06

      And where is your evidence to prove this?


    • brian N

      14/11/2016 - 06:06

      Have you the evidence to prove this?


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