Close call after car crashes into fence

Wit­ness told that wooden post pierced body­work

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­

THE oc­cu­pants of a car that crashed and rolled had a lucky es­cape.

Po­lice say the Toy­ota Yaris left the road in Rick­mansworth Road, North­wood, flat­tened a tele­phone pole and a fence, then struck a gas sub­sta­tion shortly after 9pm on Thurs­day last week. It then started to leak petrol.

Miles Gill­man, who lives in the road, spoke to the Gazette and said that he had been told by fire­fight­ers that a wooden post from the de­stroyed fence had gone through one of the doors of the car and was within inches of im­pal­ing one of the pas­sen­gers.

Mr Gill­man, vicechair­man of North­wood Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “For ages peo­ple have been try­ing to get a cam­era on that par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous cor­ner. Ev­ery prop­erty in this road has had a car through its front gar­den.”

When a fire crew from Har­row fire sta­tion ar­rived at the scene, they found that the oc­cu­pants of the car had al­ready got out. They were said to be suf­fer­ing only mi­nor in­juries.

London Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said it treated three peo­ple at the scene, after which they were taken to North­wick Park Hos­pi­tal, in Ken­ton.

Fire­fight­ers were on the scene un­til 2.50am as en­gi­neers made the sub­sta­tion safe and checked for gas leaks, and the road was closed for a time.

Does this stretch of Rick­mansworth Road need safety mea­sures?

See pages 15 and 16 for ways to get in touch.

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