Bromley woman in pothole accident says they are threat to life

Ms Lingham with the £300 bill for her car repairs.

The pothole.

The damage to the wheel.

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A WOMAN whose car was badly damaged on a large pothole caused by the cold weather is worried cyclists or motorcyclists could be killed.

Jacqueline Lingham, of Gatesgreen Road, was driving down Tiepigs Lane, West Wickham, on February 11 at 6pm when her car shuddered and she heard a loud bang.

She quickly realised the tyre of her Nissan Micra Sport had blown.

Mrs Lingham said: "As I was driving along there was a big bump and it really frightened me.

"I thought the bottom of the car had fallen out."

She added: "I braked and I was lucky the car behind did not crash into me.

"I knew something really bad had happened."

The 41-year-old said the pothole caused a tyre to be ripped open, while the alloy of the wheel was bent out of shape, causing around £300 worth of damage.

Ms Lingham said: "I was driving quite slowly.

"If I’d been driving any faster it could have been very serious.

"My biggest worry a cyclist or motorcyclist being killed.

"They could easily lose control and be either seriously injured or killed.

"A wheel can be replaced but a life can’t."

The council has said it received a call from Mrs Lingham following the accident and ensured the hole was filled the day after.

Councillor Colin Smith, Executive Councillor for Environment said: "At this time of year there are, unfortunately, always going to be potholes which form rapidly during extreme wintry weather conditions.

"The Council continues to repair them as quickly as it possibly can, as weather conditions permit, starting with the biggest holes first, until such time as they are all repaired.

"I would strongly encourage not only Bromley residents but also passing motorists, to please report any street problems they see to the Council, to assist us in expediting the necessary works, as happened in this instance.

"The easiest and most effective way to report problems is to please go online if you can, clicking on the ‘report it’ button on the home page of the Council’s website."

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3:23pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Bob Downondiss says...

How about you drive with your eyes open. If the pot hole was that big maybe just maybe you should have seen it and taken the appropriate action being the driver and in charge of the vehicle.
How about you drive with your eyes open. If the pot hole was that big maybe just maybe you should have seen it and taken the appropriate action being the driver and in charge of the vehicle. Bob Downondiss
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5:44pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Oldchap says...

There is nothing to indicate the size or depth of the pothole , looking at the damage (on the inside edge) it suggests the entire wheel must have gone into the hole
There is nothing to indicate the size or depth of the pothole , looking at the damage (on the inside edge) it suggests the entire wheel must have gone into the hole Oldchap
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6:24pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Eagles_Man says...

Only £300 for a tyre and alloy repair? Bargain.

And why the panic braking thus nearly causing an accident? Not concentrating?
Only £300 for a tyre and alloy repair? Bargain. And why the panic braking thus nearly causing an accident? Not concentrating? Eagles_Man
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6:34pm Mon 18 Feb 13

cookster says...

Micra "Sport" - lol
Micra "Sport" - lol cookster
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7:19pm Mon 18 Feb 13

cherithporter says...

Yes, potholes can be dangerous.
Yes, potholes can be dangerous. cherithporter
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8:36pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Gypo.Joe says...

Probably putting on her make up, or jawing on the phone.

Undue care and attention comes to mind.
Probably putting on her make up, or jawing on the phone. Undue care and attention comes to mind. Gypo.Joe
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7:24am Tue 19 Feb 13

R_U_Serious says...

Without jumping to the defence of the local authorities, they do need members of the public to make them aware of problems with the road surface and do generally, in my experience, sort them out quickly once they've been told. Here's one site for reporting problems: http://www.fillthath
ole.org.uk/hazards/r
eport
Without jumping to the defence of the local authorities, they do need members of the public to make them aware of problems with the road surface and do generally, in my experience, sort them out quickly once they've been told. Here's one site for reporting problems: http://www.fillthath ole.org.uk/hazards/r eport R_U_Serious
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1:17pm Tue 19 Feb 13

danm5577 says...

You can also use fixmystreet, this is what Bromley council use.
You can also use fixmystreet, this is what Bromley council use. danm5577
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