Lucky escape when truck hit our car
I READ with interest your article (May 10) about foreign lorries, following my own experience two days earlier. Christine, my wife, and I were travelling back from Gatwick, after a holiday in Greece. We reached junction four on the M20 at 5.30pm, driving through fairly busy traffic in the middle lane of the motorway. Christine shouted at me that the lorry on our left was pulling out into the middle lane and was going to hit us. I couldn’t accelerate as that would put me too close to the car in front. I was just ahead of the lorry. The next moment we felt him strike the rear side of the car, and immediately we began to spin to the left. Then another severe bump on the front passenger door and we continued to spin round into the left of the motorway, somehow avoiding those trying to join the motorway at that point. We came to an abrupt halt halfway up the embankment. Four different people stopped to help and witnessed the accident. The ambulance team were superb. The team leader asked me to give her six numbers. I thought it was to check I was not concussed, but she felt we were so lucky that I must also have the winning lottery numbers! My family are just glad that their parents are still alive but only by the grace of God. We should welcome better safety for all left-hand drive lorries on Kent roads. The Rev Richard Love, Roman Road, Aldington.
RE: Your article about the dangers of foreign lorries using our roads. I fully support Cllr Paul Carter’s comments and as regular M20/25 road-user the increase in foreign haulage traffic has been alarming. On many occasions, too numerous to count, I have been subjected to and witnessed foreign lorries pulling out, as you overtake, forcing you into the next lane. If a vehicle is already in that lane it makes you suddenly brake or move into it with out indicating. Either way, easily chancing a collision with the lorry itself or another car coming up behind. Almost on every occasion any incident on these roads a foreign lorry is involved. Returning from Bisley in Surrey last Tuesday, an Eastern bloc lorry actually pulled in front of me while in the fast lane. I managed to accelerate away otherwise it would have crushed me into the centre barrier. During week-days there is an almost unbroken line of foreign lorries on the near side of the M25, travelling much closer than they should, obscuring the signs and tailgating you if you use the same lane. Why can we not return to rail freight to reduce this nightmare on our roads? John Atkins, Adie Road, Greatstone.
I couldn’t agree more strongly with Jane Twist’s views on the matter of the safety of foreign lorries (May 10). I drive more than 40,000 miles a year in my role as a sales rep for Nouvelles Images and the foreign lorries on the motorways are always a worry to me. The lorries are very often seen straddling lanes or swerving to gain control after drifting across lanes. I am very cautious when overtaking a foreign lorry. About a year ago I was forced into a coned area in roadworks on the M2 when a lorry suddenly pulled into the lane I was travelling in. I had to swerve into the cones and slam on my brakes. Luckily my car was undamaged. The cars behind me acknowledged what had happened and I phoned the police to be told they would have a look on the monitors but I never heard anything back from them. The lorry didn’t stop. Christine Dennington, by email.
The Rev Richard Love – lucky to be alive