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BRISTOL BOROUGH - Merle Winslow, the borough’s emergency management director, cautioned residents to comply with poOLFH DNG fiUH RIfiFLDOS GuULNJ emergency situations. At the council’s July work session, Winslow recounted the rescue of a woman who drove KHU FDU LNWR flRRGZDWHUS uNder the railroad bridge on Green Lane, between Wilson Avenue and Route 13.
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Winslow said the barricades were then placed on either side of the bridge to warn other motorists off. But no sooner had they been installed when a woman with two passengers, one of them a young child, blew past the barricade and drove through the water to the Wilson Avenue side. When rescue workers confronted the woman, she told them she was in a hurry to pick up her own car at the Wawa at carragut Avenue and Green Lane.
“People don’t realize how dangerous it is” to drive through any standing water, especially under that bridge, Winslow said. “When barriers go up, they are there for a purpose.”
Councilwoman Robyn Trunell said that some people remove the barriers so that they can go through, risking not only their own lives, but the lives of the next motorist who, unaware that barriers had been moved, would drive into danger.
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