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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Wall smashed again at Workington crash blackspot

The owners of a Workington kennels have been left with an eight-foot hole in their boundary wall after it was hit by a passing vehicle for the eighth time this year.

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FLASHBACK: John Hetherington beside the wall after the crash earlier last year

Glynis Hetherington, 65, and her son John, 46, are counting the cost after a car driven by a 42-year-old man from Workington caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

It careered off the road at 3am on Saturday, went through the wall and landed on its roof on the A596 at Castle Gardens.

The impact resulted in an 8ft hole in the wall, just months after it was rebuilt following a collision in March.

The driver was treated at the scene by paramedics but was not injured and didn’t go to hospital.

Mrs Hetherington estimates that it will cost about £2,000 to repair the wall and she hopes to claim it off the driver’s insurance.

She said the kennel’s insurance company would no longer pay for damage to the wall because it had been hit too many times.

Mrs Hetherington and her son have been campaigning for years to have the road given a 30mph limit after several incidents on the sharp bend.

Mrs Hetherington said: “Crashes on this stretch are happening too many times. It’s only going to be a matter of time before someone is seriously injured.

“I am worried about our staff who regularly walk our dogs through the field near the wall.”

Mrs Hetherington has asked Cumbria County Council to put up crash barriers but none have been erected.

The council did put up a sign to warn drivers to slow down but Mrs Hetherington said it didn’t seem to make a difference.

A council spokesman said a detailed assessment had taken place.

He said: “While there have been some reported collisions on this section of the A596 over recent years, we believe it would not be appropriate at present to reduce the speed limit.

“We work closely with the police when assessing roads and we will continue to monitor this area.

“There are advanced warning signs in place, advising road users to slow down ahead of this location, and we would ask drivers to always drive to the road conditions, and not just automatically assume they can travel safely at the national speed limit of 60mph.”

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Paul Davis wake up

Posted by billy bash on 31 December 2013 at 00:07

insurance claims are always trebled what it would normally cost

Posted by mully on 27 December 2013 at 23:20

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