PICTURED: Van-on-roof driver talks of terrifying crash in Danson Road, Bexleyheath

News Shopper: PICTURED: Van on roof driver talks of terrifying crash on Danson Road, Bexleyheath PICTURED: Van on roof driver talks of terrifying crash on Danson Road, Bexleyheath

A man says he and his girlfriend are "lucky to be alive" after their van was smashed into and flipped onto its roof as they drove home after delivering flowers for a funeral.

Chris Hackett, 26, of Glynde Road, Bexleyheath, and Katy Wendon, 26, were travelling down Danson Lane, Bexleyheath towards the A2 when the accident happened at the junction with Bean Road on Sunday evening about 10.30pm.

Mr Hackett co-owns Diane's Floral Design in Pickford Lane, with his brother Ryan Hackett, 32, and had just dropped off the flowers for a funeral taking place on Monday morning.

The brothers took over the business last year after their mum who owned it passed away from liver cancer aged just 55.

Mr Hackett told News Shopper: "We were just driving down Danson Lane and the next minute I heard Katy scream and we were spinning out of control.

"I remember when we were hit and it sent us spinning out of control.

"I think I must have blacked out for a few seconds.

"The next thing I remember was saying to Katy "be strong, be strong", that must of been when the van ended up on its roof.

"The next thing I remember was the seatbelts tightening and us hanging upside down.

"I had to undo my seatbelt and popped myself out and fell on my head. I booted the door open and a bystander helped me drag Katy out."

Emergency services rushed to the scene and Miss Wendon was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich with a chest injury which turned out to be a broken rib.

The couple were kept in overnight but have been recuperating to Miss Wendon's house in Upwood Road, Lee Green.

Eyewitness Ruchi Dale, 29, of Iris Crescent, Bexleyheath, said: "The accident looked horrendous.

"There was a white van upside down wedged into a lamp post which was at an angle and another car completely smashed in at the front."

Mr Hackett added: "If we were not wearing out seat belts we would have been dead, we are lucky to be alive.

"The car must have been going much faster than we were."

Bexley Council carried out emergency repairs since the accident and restrictions were in place until Monday.

A London Ambulance spokesman added: " We recieved a call to say a car had collided with a lamp post in Danson Road.

"We sent one ambulance and a duty station manager to the scene.

"A woman in her twenties was treated for chest injuries sustained from the seatbelt and she was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich."

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11:02am Mon 9 Jun 14

highway warrior says...

A mate passed the scene before the emergency services got there, the car had failed to stop at the end of Bean Road, ploughed over the island and into the van sending the van over onto it's roof and into the lamp column. The two occupants then ran off either intoxicated on drink or drugs (or the car was stolen)
A mate passed the scene before the emergency services got there, the car had failed to stop at the end of Bean Road, ploughed over the island and into the van sending the van over onto it's roof and into the lamp column. The two occupants then ran off either intoxicated on drink or drugs (or the car was stolen) highway warrior
  • Score: 15

12:38pm Mon 9 Jun 14

ElsieH says...

Pretty unlikely that an "off duty station manager" would have been sent by LAS. Try removing the word "off"!
Pretty unlikely that an "off duty station manager" would have been sent by LAS. Try removing the word "off"! ElsieH
  • Score: 6

1:42pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Bill301097 says...

It was really bad the car hit the van from no where it was the van from that florist in Pickford lane called Diane's I hope they ok I all ways get my flowers there and they are amazing I hope they are all ok
It was really bad the car hit the van from no where it was the van from that florist in Pickford lane called Diane's I hope they ok I all ways get my flowers there and they are amazing I hope they are all ok Bill301097
  • Score: 10

3:51pm Mon 9 Jun 14

j.j. says...

highway warrior wrote:
A mate passed the scene before the emergency services got there, the car had failed to stop at the end of Bean Road, ploughed over the island and into the van sending the van over onto it's roof and into the lamp column. The two occupants then ran off either intoxicated on drink or drugs (or the car was stolen)
I assume at least one of the three injured people was in the car. If so, the police should be able to find out who the driver was and if she/he was under the influence.
[quote][p][bold]highway warrior[/bold] wrote: A mate passed the scene before the emergency services got there, the car had failed to stop at the end of Bean Road, ploughed over the island and into the van sending the van over onto it's roof and into the lamp column. The two occupants then ran off either intoxicated on drink or drugs (or the car was stolen)[/p][/quote]I assume at least one of the three injured people was in the car. If so, the police should be able to find out who the driver was and if she/he was under the influence. j.j.
  • Score: 6

5:15pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Gin21 says...

ElsieH wrote:
Pretty unlikely that an "off duty station manager" would have been sent by LAS. Try removing the word "off"!
having re read the story it does not say Off duty station manager, so they have either corrected it or you read it wrong ElsieH
[quote][p][bold]ElsieH[/bold] wrote: Pretty unlikely that an "off duty station manager" would have been sent by LAS. Try removing the word "off"![/p][/quote]having re read the story it does not say Off duty station manager, so they have either corrected it or you read it wrong ElsieH Gin21
  • Score: 4

7:25pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Marty1979 says...

Gin21 wrote:
ElsieH wrote:
Pretty unlikely that an "off duty station manager" would have been sent by LAS. Try removing the word "off"!
having re read the story it does not say Off duty station manager, so they have either corrected it or you read it wrong ElsieH
Usual for NS - update so comments don't make sense

But in article

"Police, ambulance and a fire engine were called to the scene at 6.27pmpm but it is not believed there were any casualties"

So 2 treated at the scene & 1 taken to hospital, are they not casualties?
[quote][p][bold]Gin21[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ElsieH[/bold] wrote: Pretty unlikely that an "off duty station manager" would have been sent by LAS. Try removing the word "off"![/p][/quote]having re read the story it does not say Off duty station manager, so they have either corrected it or you read it wrong ElsieH[/p][/quote]Usual for NS - update so comments don't make sense But in article "Police, ambulance and a fire engine were called to the scene at 6.27pmpm but it is not believed there were any casualties" So 2 treated at the scene & 1 taken to hospital, are they not casualties? Marty1979
  • Score: 9

7:47pm Mon 9 Jun 14

ElsieH says...

Gin21 wrote:
ElsieH wrote:
Pretty unlikely that an "off duty station manager" would have been sent by LAS. Try removing the word "off"!
having re read the story it does not say Off duty station manager, so they have either corrected it or you read it wrong ElsieH
Yep, they've updated it. At least they're reading the comments!!
[quote][p][bold]Gin21[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ElsieH[/bold] wrote: Pretty unlikely that an "off duty station manager" would have been sent by LAS. Try removing the word "off"![/p][/quote]having re read the story it does not say Off duty station manager, so they have either corrected it or you read it wrong ElsieH[/p][/quote]Yep, they've updated it. At least they're reading the comments!! ElsieH
  • Score: 3

9:40pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Jamiejug says...

The lady passenger was my brothers partner he was driving the van they are both ok she suffered broken ribs both have cuts and bruises lucky to be alive how anyone could run off from a scene like that is unbelievable
The lady passenger was my brothers partner he was driving the van they are both ok she suffered broken ribs both have cuts and bruises lucky to be alive how anyone could run off from a scene like that is unbelievable Jamiejug
  • Score: 18

12:25pm Tue 10 Jun 14

peetee67 says...

Danson Road not Danson Lane! Hope they catch the scum that run away! Speady recovery to the van occupants.
Danson Road not Danson Lane! Hope they catch the scum that run away! Speady recovery to the van occupants. peetee67
  • Score: 5

1:14pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Terrance62 says...

As Bean Road is the only link road to Danson Road without any traffic calming, cars regularly travel well in excess of the speed limit down it.
It is used by numerous school children, and has a scout hall and pre-school nursery in it. Despite all this the Police never carry out speed enforcement and the council refuse to consider traffic calming measures. I fear it is only a matter of time before there is a collision with serious injuries, which fortunately wasn't the case on Sunday, albeit a van on its roof on the pavement is pretty serious. Perhaps now the council and Police will do something?
As Bean Road is the only link road to Danson Road without any traffic calming, cars regularly travel well in excess of the speed limit down it. It is used by numerous school children, and has a scout hall and pre-school nursery in it. Despite all this the Police never carry out speed enforcement and the council refuse to consider traffic calming measures. I fear it is only a matter of time before there is a collision with serious injuries, which fortunately wasn't the case on Sunday, albeit a van on its roof on the pavement is pretty serious. Perhaps now the council and Police will do something? Terrance62
  • Score: 1

1:14pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Bob Goulding says...

Marty1979 wrote:
Gin21 wrote:
ElsieH wrote:
Pretty unlikely that an "off duty station manager" would have been sent by LAS. Try removing the word "off"!
having re read the story it does not say Off duty station manager, so they have either corrected it or you read it wrong ElsieH
Usual for NS - update so comments don't make sense

But in article

"Police, ambulance and a fire engine were called to the scene at 6.27pmpm but it is not believed there were any casualties"

So 2 treated at the scene & 1 taken to hospital, are they not casualties?
It's got even more confusing now. One woman taken to QEH and couple kept in overnight. Does not compute.
[quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gin21[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ElsieH[/bold] wrote: Pretty unlikely that an "off duty station manager" would have been sent by LAS. Try removing the word "off"![/p][/quote]having re read the story it does not say Off duty station manager, so they have either corrected it or you read it wrong ElsieH[/p][/quote]Usual for NS - update so comments don't make sense But in article "Police, ambulance and a fire engine were called to the scene at 6.27pmpm but it is not believed there were any casualties" So 2 treated at the scene & 1 taken to hospital, are they not casualties?[/p][/quote]It's got even more confusing now. One woman taken to QEH and couple kept in overnight. Does not compute. Bob Goulding
  • Score: 1

10:04am Fri 13 Jun 14

mick_a says...

Jamiejug wrote:
The lady passenger was my brothers partner he was driving the van they are both ok she suffered broken ribs both have cuts and bruises lucky to be alive how anyone could run off from a scene like that is unbelievable
There was a similar incident a few years ago at the junction of Manor Road and Canada Road in Erith. A stolen car came out of Canada Road without stopping and oveturned a car traveling along Manor Road. Unfortunately a 12 year old girl passenger in the overturned car was killed. The occupants of the stolen car ran off and nobody has ever been arrested or charged in connection with this, so dont hold your breath expecting the police to find the occupants of the car in this case.
[quote][p][bold]Jamiejug[/bold] wrote: The lady passenger was my brothers partner he was driving the van they are both ok she suffered broken ribs both have cuts and bruises lucky to be alive how anyone could run off from a scene like that is unbelievable[/p][/quote]There was a similar incident a few years ago at the junction of Manor Road and Canada Road in Erith. A stolen car came out of Canada Road without stopping and oveturned a car traveling along Manor Road. Unfortunately a 12 year old girl passenger in the overturned car was killed. The occupants of the stolen car ran off and nobody has ever been arrested or charged in connection with this, so dont hold your breath expecting the police to find the occupants of the car in this case. mick_a
  • Score: 1

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