Palmerston North double amputee Neil Wallace was hurled from his wheelchair and on to the road when his wheels hit rough, unmarked pavement at an intersection.
‘‘I had to crawl, push my wheelchair back on to the pavement and pull myself in, bleeding and scratched,’’ he said.
A week after alerting the city council to the incident, the footpath in West End had still not been fixed or marked as a hazard.
Wallace said even an orange road cone might have been enough to alert him to the potential danger.
‘‘If there were a couple of cones, that would have done it, but the bigger issue is that it was left like that at all.’’
City council roading manager Jon Schwass said it was unfortunate the Easter break had meant there was a delay in responding to Wallace’s complaint.
‘‘We’re sorry to hear about Mr Wallace’s accident and appreciate [his wife] alerting us to the matter so we ensure repairs are undertaken to avoid such an incident occurring again.’’
Traffic cones were put in place on Friday after inquiries from Stuff to alert pedestrians and other footpath users to the rough spot.
Wallace was pushing himself along Ferguson St toward Cook St, glancing over his shoulder for any turning vehicles approaching behind him, when he hit loose shingle approaching the kerb.
He was thrown from his chair and landed heavily, partly on the road at Worcester St, on what is left of his lower legs after both were amputated, one of them in late 2017.
The accident made his nerve pain worse, and has set him back on his mission to get up and walking on prosthetic legs.
Wallace said he was moving along at the speed of a jogger when he hit the dirt on the Thursday morning before Easter.
He was watching for traffic and ‘‘just trusted the ground would be there’’ in front of him.
Wallace said he could see that able-bodied people might not have had any problem navigating the rough patch.
But he said the council or whoever worked on the footpaths should have more consideration for all sorts of footpath users.
Schwass said the damage was caused during some utility services repairs, and the council did not know there was a problem until Wallace reported it.
The area would be fixed with urgency, Schwass said.
‘‘It is unfortunate that due to the Easter break, there has been a delay in this happening.’’
Neil Wallace revisits the unfinished pavement that caused him to spill out of his chair more than a week ago.