Lucky es­cape when truck hit our car

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

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.

Pic­ture: Dave Downey pd1204963

The Rev Richard Love – lucky to be alive

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