WISBECH: Mum of two narrowly avoids serious injury after falling through a drain cover

PUBLISHED: 19:07 23 June 2008 | UPDATED: 08:30 02 June 2010

bernadette Somerset and the drain cover that gave way as she trod on it in Brigstock road Wisbech

bernadette Somerset and the drain cover that gave way as she trod on it in Brigstock road Wisbech

By TOM JACKSON A MOTHER of two narrowly avoided serious injury when she fell through a drain cover while walking along a Wisbech street. I am finding the funny side of it now, but it really did hurt, said Wisbech woman Bernadette Somerset, hours after h

By TOM JACKSON

A MOTHER of two narrowly avoided serious injury when she fell through a drain cover while walking along a Wisbech street.

"I am finding the funny side of it now, but it really did hurt," said Wisbech woman Bernadette Somerset, hours after her accident last Wednesday.

Mrs Somerset escaped with heavy bruising to her stomach and leg after the accident, which happened at about 1pm near to the Oil-Dri factory in Brigstock Road.

Mrs Somerset, of Church Road, said: "I stepped onto the drain minding my own business when the lid flipped off and I fell in. I fell in to my waist, and the lid hit me in the stomach."

She called friend Vanessa Wildon, a worker at Oil-Dri, and staff came out to help out of the drain.

"I have to praise them to the heavens," said Mrs Somerset. "They really helped me a great deal and even took me to the (North Cambs) Hospital so I could be checked over."

However, Mrs Somerset fears that drain covers are not maintained - and a similar accident could cause someone serious injury.

"What if that was a young child taking lunch for his dad at one of the factories, or an old lady," she said. "They could scream all they want but nobody would hear them."

Mrs Somerset has contacted a no win, no fee solicitor about damages and they were due to phone her back this week to discuss damages.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council said the accident could have been caused by vandals lifting the drains, or a lorry driving over it.

He said: "We are going to replace the cover with a brand new one, with a heavy-duty frame to prevent it being lifted again."

n Anyone who sees a drain lifted or damaged is asked to call the county council's transport department on 0845 045 5212 or email street.scene@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.


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