Close call for van driver in ring-road rail­ings smash

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page - By Jack Dyson [email protected]­m­group.co.uk

A van teeters over the edge of a bridge after ca­reer­ing off Can­ter­bury’s Rheims Way on Mon­day.

The break­down ve­hi­cle needed re­cov­er­ing it­self after it ploughed through rail­ings near the St Peter’s round­about.

It had been trav­el­ling Lon­don-bound when it crossed onto the op­po­site side of the road and hit the metal bar­ri­ers at about 11.15am.

A wit­ness, who was work­ing nearby when he heard the bang, said: “I turned round to see it hang­ing over the edge.

“I ran straight up onto the bridge to check on the driver.

“I was third on the scene and could see the tyre tracks on the bridge. The driver had come round the round­about and flown over the cen­tral di­vider be­fore com­ing to rest just off the side of the bridge.”

The bridge runs over the river­side pedes­trian path be­tween West­gate Gar­dens and the Tod­dler’s Cove play area.

The area be­neath it was cor­doned off while emer­gency ser­vices dealt with the in­ci­dent.

A po­lice spokesman said: “A white Ford Tran­sit panel van was trav­el­ling on the Lon­don-bound car­riage­way be­tween the St Peter’s Place round­about and the Lon­don Road round­about when it crossed the car­riage­way and col­lided with rail­ings on the bridge over the River Stour on the op­po­site side of the road.

“The driver of the van was not re­ported to have suf­fered any in­juries.”

Po­lice shut off the area below the bridge, as well as the road above, while the van was re­cov­ered.

The ve­hi­cle be­longs to Re­cov­ery Re­liance - a break­down and re­cov­ery firm based in Tun­bridge Wells.

It did not wish to com­ment when con­tacted by the Gazette, but said the male driver was un­in­jured.

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