Ice is blamed for five crashes in same spot

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­

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.

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