Plea over for­eign lor­ries

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - ELECTION RESULTS - by Jenny Round

A DRIVER is call­ing for ac­tion to make for­eign lor­ries safer af­ter be­ing hit by a con­ti­nen­tal truck on the M20.

Jane Twist, who runs gift shop Bar­l­ey­corn in Hythe High Street, could do noth­ing as the truck swung into the near side of her Toy­ota Prius as the driver pulled into the mid­dle lane.

She veered and man­aged to re­gain con­trol with­out hit­ting the car over­tak­ing her in the out­side lane.

The lorry was empty and the driver felt the im­pact and pulled over.

Mrs Twist, 57, who lives in Sta­tion Road, was trav­el­ling home with her hus­band Jim on Mon­day, April 23 when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened.

She is now see­ing a chi­ro­prac­tor for back pain.

Mrs Twist has writ­ten to Folkestone and Hythe MP Michael Howard ask­ing him to high­light the is­sue of un­safe for­eign lor­ries.

She said: “I’m a good driver, not fright­ened by mo­tor­ways, but there seem to be no proper checks on for­eign driv­ers.

“The traf­fic po­lice came out, but if the crash had hap­pened abroad, the lorry driver would have prob­a­bly re­ceived an on­the-spot fine.

“The me­chan­ics who are fix­ing the car said they are un­for­tu­nately see­ing more and more of th­ese type of in­ci­dents.”

Do you think more should be done to im­prove the safety of for­eign lor­ries trav­el­ling through Kent? Write to the Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent TN24 8JR or e-mail ken­tish­ex­press@ thek­m­group.co.uk

Pic­ture Dave Downey pd1197014

Jane Twist with her car, which was dam­aged when it was hit by a con­ti­nen­tal lorry on the M20

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