7:40am Tuesday 17th September 2013
By Emma Rigby
A MOTORIST who suffered a blowout in Whitegate is urging others to take care and report similar incidents before someone is killed.
Winsford resident Linda Bolas was driving her Volkswagen Golf home from Northwich on September 3 when she decided to take a shortcut through Whitegate.
But what should have been an ordinary drive left 50-year-old Linda with a bill of £73 and a fear for others’ safety after her tyre exploded on Whitegate Lane.
“I only went through Whitegate because of the roadworks in Winsford,” said Linda, of Ullswater Avenue.
“I was driving where the road narrows, just passed the slip road turning for the A556 when my tyre just blew.”
Linda pulled over outside two nearby properties in the hope of finding help.
She added: “I didn’t have my mobile phone with me so wanted to call the AA from one of the properties, but there was no one in. Fortunately a cyclist stopped to help me and allowed me to use his phone – he was so nice and even called my home later to make sure I had got home safely.”
As Linda waited for the AA to arrive, one of the nearby residents returned.
“He told me that in the last two months since the road has been resurfaced there have been more than 30 incidents just like that outside his house.”
Armed with this knowledge, Linda reported the incident to the Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC).
“The road looks beautiful since it has been relayed but it’s dangerous,” said Linda.
“I almost got hit while I was waiting for the AA.
“Cars drive so fast on that stretch of road – I was petrified.
“I was told by highways that nothing could be done unless there was a police report, but why would anyone report it to the police unless they were injured, or worse?
“If you are a victim of the same type of damage, please report it and make sure you get a reference number.
“If this claimed rate of incidents continues, I’m concerned that people will get seriously injured, or killed.”
A spokesman for CWAC said: “Whitegate Lane in Winsford was resurfaced in March and this should not result in tyre punctures.
“We are putting in additional signs and lines on the road for people to drive more slowly as well as reflective signs for night time driving.
“We will also put in place additional signs to deter HGVs using the narrow lane.”
You can report similar incidents or any other highways issues to CWAC on 0300 123 7036.
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