Firefighters free driver after car hits Lincoln's Priorygate Arch
A female driver had a lucky escape this morning when her car flipped onto its side after colliding with a bollard protecting historic Priorygate Arch in Lincoln.
The woman, believed to be local, escaped with cuts and bruises when her red BMW 316i turned onto its side and was left resting against the 200-year-old Pottergate Arch.
She was freed by firefighters and treated for minor injuries in an ambulance at the scene.
It happened at 9.08am, when the emergency services were called and closed the road for more than an hour until 10.30am to deal with the incident.
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"It would appear that the single lady occupant of the car clipped the left-hand bollard heading into Priorygate from Pottergate," said Station Managter Dave Gilbert, of Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue based at Lincoln South.
"Even though it was a slow-speed impact, the vehicle has turned over onto its side.
"We had to make space in the back of the vehicle to get her out, but she only had cuts and bruises.
"She had a very lucky escape and there's been no damage to the arch."
Store manager Roxane Caldwell, 28, was sitting in her back garden when the collision happened.
"We heard a really loud bang and ran straight out to the front to see the car resting on its side in the archway," said Miss Caldwell, who lives just yards from the scene in Minster Yard.
A Grade Two listed gateway, the arch links Priorygate and Pottergate in the shadow of Lincoln Cathedral and is on the National Heritage List for England.
It was built in 1816 from the old materials of the 14th century gatehouse which stood approximately 50 metres further north.
The arch is constructed of dressed stone in the Medieval Revival style.
Anyone who saw the crash can contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 122 of August 11 or the collision witness hotline on 01522 558855.