‘Someone will die because of potholes’
AFTER forking out more than £600 to repair his damaged car, a Ruskington pensioner claims a motorcyclist would die if they hit the same pothole he went into.
Winston Day, 72, was driving his Audi A3 along Wood Lane with his wife last Tuesday morning when he accidentally drove into a pothole which burst his front tyre.
Mr Day said: “I was only doing about 20 miles per hour and I’d pulled in to let a lorry past when there was an almighty bang.
“The car was thrown side-ways and it was quite frightening.”
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Mr Day managed to drive his car to the end of the road where he pulled over and changed the tyre himself at the roadside.
He added: “A motorcyclist will die along that road if it’s not repaired soon, I’m sure of it.”
The road is said to be used regularly by residents and has been used more frequently recently due to the rail bridge closures in the village. Mr Day had to pay to have the tyre replaced on his car, which he only bought two weeks ago, as well as a new alloy, wheel alignment and labour charges.
He said: “It’s a large chunk to take out of my pension.”
Rowan Smith area highways manager at Lincolnshire County Council said he was sorry to hear about the incident.
He added: “We were only made aware of the potholes on Wood Lane very recently, but we have already scheduled them for repair.
“With 5,500 miles of road in Lincolnshire, we rely on the public to report potholes to us.”
Report potholes on 01522 782070 or lincolnshire.gov.uk/potholes.