Ice is blamed for five crashes in same spot
THERE have been five accidents in four days at the same spot in Pluckley, all thought to be caused by black ice formed in a dip in the road.
One car went into a garden and two ended up in a stream. One of the drivers, an older woman, ended up trapped in her car, cold, wet and badly shaken.
The danger spot is halfway along Chambers Green Road where a camber and slight bend in the road seems to be to blame. It is thought run-off water freezes and makes the road dangerously slippery.
The first accident happened on Sunday, December 7. A car ended up in the stream and was only recovered last Thursday.
On the morning of Monday, December 8, there was another incident between 8am and 9am.
Last Wednesday saw three incidents. The first was at about 8am when a driver lost control and her car spun in circles. The second happened about 8.30am when a car skid- ded off the road and into a garden and at 2.30pm an older woman’s car ended up in the water.
She was trapped so she sounded her horn for help, but was unable to raise attention on the rural road. She eventually managed to escape and was shaken but unhurt.
Jean Fordham, 70, who lives in the house affected, has had her hedge destroyed, her garden damaged and the worry of accidents happening outside her house.
Mrs Fordham recently paid £800 to secure her garden for her eightmonth-old alsatian dog. A considerable amount of her hedge has now been ruined.
When Mrs Fordham reported her concern about the road’s safety to Kent Highway Services, she claims they were unhelpful.
“It is beyond belief that they wouldn’t accept that there could be a problem,” she said.
She says Kent Highways offered her a salt bin so they could grit the roads themselves.