FENLAND: Bridge car plunge was nearly next tragedy

I WAS relieved and pleased for Mrs Ryman and her family, to hear that she and her dog, Tilly had such a lucky escape when her car crashed through fencing on the bridge over the Forty Foot River. Had her car landed differently, or the river been a fraction

I WAS relieved and pleased for Mrs Ryman and her family, to hear that she and her dog, Tilly had such a lucky escape when her car crashed through fencing on the bridge over the Forty Foot River.

Had her car landed differently, or the river been a fraction deeper, the outcome could easily have been another tragedy, due to the lack of adequate protection from cars leaving the road and ending up in an adjacent Fenland river.

It seems this accident happened at fairly low speed and was triggered by an environmental hazard causing the car to lose its grip on the road rather than speed or reckless driving.

Effective speed regulation, though a potentially useful initiative for all fen river roads, will never stop all river immersion accidents.


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GRAHAM CHAPPELL

Organiser of Fenland Road Safety Campaign (Charlotte's Way)

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