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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Injured woman calls for urgent road repairs

A WOMAN involved in a serious road traffic collision near Horsley last year has called for urgent action to be taken to improve the condition of the road.

On November 25, Vicky Broadhead, who lives in Ovingham, was driving on a stretch just outside the village, in the direction of Heddon, when her car hit a waterlogged dip in the road.

Although she has no recollection of what happened next, the collision saw her being treated in hospital for multiple injuries, including fractures to her neck, a cracked pelvis and injuries to her hip.

Mrs Broadhead, who also had to have a metal plate fitted in her chest, said police contacted Northumberland County Council about the dangers of the road soon afterwards, the authority reacting by adding warning signs there.

“I nearly lost my life in the accident and I believe there have been others since,” she said.

“When the emergency services turned up, they thought I was dead already and if I had had a passenger with me, they would have been killed.

“I want to know how many other accidents there have been there.

“Something has got to be done about that road as it is a hazard.

“It should be a matter of priority for Northumberland County Council.”

Northumbria Police were contacted about the matter, but did not wish to comment on the condition of the road.

A spokesman said a preliminary search of police records showed only one road traffic incident at the area in 2012.

A Northumberland County Council spokesman said: “Following the accident at Horsley, a full investigation and review of the surface of the carriageway and highway drainage was undertaken.

“At the time of the accident, there was a lot of surface water and high volumes of rain had saturated the ground.

“Last year was incredibly wet and, as a result, there was a lot of surface water affecting highways across the county.

“The drainage on the carriage way was deemed to be effective in normal weather conditions.

“However, as there may have been surface water at the time of the accident, due to the drains being full with excess water coming off the land, we will in 2013 be looking to increase the capacity of drainage systems in this area and across Northumberland.”

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