Woman hurt in pothole accident

PUBLISHED: 13:23 26 October 2006 | UPDATED: 14:52 12 May 2010

Olive Wood, who suffered bruising and swelling to her arms and legs when she fell after her trolley became stuck in a hole in the road - Pic: Daniel Wilson 1994DW35

Olive Wood, who suffered bruising and swelling to her arms and legs when she fell after her trolley became stuck in a hole in the road - Pic: Daniel Wilson 1994DW35

A 90-YEAR-OLD woman who suffered swelling and bruising to her arms and legs after falling down a three inch pot-hole in Royston town centre is calling for the council to take action. Olive Wood, of The Beeches, who is severely short sighted, and suffers

A 90-YEAR-OLD woman who suffered swelling and bruising to her arms and legs after falling down a three inch pot-hole in Royston town centre is calling for the council to take action.

Olive Wood, of The Beeches, who is severely short sighted, and suffers from arthritis, was making her way to The Old Barn Day Centre last Friday, when the front wheel of her trolley got stuck in a hole in the road as she stepped down off the pavement in Fish Hill.

Mrs Wood, who suffers from arthritis was released from hospital after treatment just two days before the incident, was lying in the road until passers-by helped her up.

She said: "I was left very shaken. I had to put my hand up to stop the cars.

"I have lost my confidence and it takes me longer to get out of bed because of my injuries."

Mrs Wood said she would not want any one else to suffer what she went through.

"There are holes in the road everywhere in Royston, and they need to be filled in before a similar incident happens," she said.

A Herts County Council spokesman said: "We can't comment on an individual situation for legal reasons.

"But roads and pavements are inspected at least once a year in the county, or once a month in busy town centres such as Royston.

"Any repairs are then made as they become necessary. Herts Highways also responds to calls via the fault line.

"Herts Highways is also carrying out preliminary investigations on Fish Hill and Market Hill, in preparation for resurfacing work which it hopes to carry out in the next financial year, subject to approval and resources."

Anyone who would like to report a fault in the roads should call Herts Highways Fault Line on 01438 737320 or 01923 471320. Alternatively visit the website www.hertsdirect.org/highwayfaults


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