Driving chaos as monster pothole opens up in road

Gazette: Driving chaos as monster pothole opens up in road Driving chaos as monster pothole opens up in road

A POTHOLE resembling a trench caused thousands of pounds’ damage to cars.

The 12ft long crater, in Mersea Road, Colchester, resulted in police being called in and part of the busy street being closed for emergency repairs.

Motorists who drove through the pothole were forced to veer off the road.

Several reported their wheels had buckled.

David Smith was called to the scene by his son, whose car was badly damaged by the hole.

As a safety precaution, Mr Smith parked his car transporter across the road, blocking it in both directions, near Haye Lane.

When police later arrived, they immediately closed part of the road and called Essex County Council Highways’ engineers to make emergency repairs.

Mr Smith, 54, of Speedwell Road, Colchester, who works in the car industry, said: “In all my years in the trade, I have never seen damage like it.

“I would say over that short time I was there, you’re definitely looking at thousands of pounds of damage, just from one pothole. Nobody could believe it.

“It was just lucky no motorcyclists were going over it. If there had been, I’m sure they would have been dead.”

He added: “Everyone who had pulled in was in the same boat, their wheels had buckled.”

Mr Smith’s son, Wesley, 17, was doing 50mph along the 60mph stretch when his front right wheel hit the hole at around 5.30pm on Wednesday.

He said: “I heard this massive bang and I was worried I had hit a dog, so pulled over and there were already a few cars there.

“When I got out, I asked the other drivers what had happened.

They said they had hit this pothole and their cars weren’t driving correctly.

“I looked down and mine was just the same. The wheel had buckled.”

The car’s damage is being assessed today at Wheelworx, in Greenstead Road, Colchester.

He added: “I will definitely be sending my bill to the county council. This is money I don’t have, especially at this time of year.” The road was not reopened until after 7pm.

An EssexHighways spokesperson said: “Engineers attended the area on the Mersea-bound carriageway following a call from police, who closed one lane for the safety of users.

“An emergency temporary repair was carried out. Being a priority one road, a permanent repair will be carried out within five days.’’

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10:00am Mon 23 Dec 13

Catchedicam says...

Nice to see Dave Smith has something new to whinge about instead of the MOD, and has managed to free himself from his fence.
Nice to see Dave Smith has something new to whinge about instead of the MOD, and has managed to free himself from his fence. Catchedicam

12:28pm Mon 23 Dec 13

All_talk_no_action says...

Great picture Gazette...
Great picture Gazette... All_talk_no_action

1:06pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Jess Jephcott says...

Well done Dave Smith. A true good neighbour and caring person.
Well done Dave Smith. A true good neighbour and caring person. Jess Jephcott

5:39pm Mon 23 Dec 13

co2 says...

I drove along the stretch of road today the permanent repair has not been done by essex county council DESPITE THEM SAYING A PERMANENT REPAIR WILL BE DONE IN 5 DAYS.
I drove along the stretch of road today the permanent repair has not been done by essex county council DESPITE THEM SAYING A PERMANENT REPAIR WILL BE DONE IN 5 DAYS. co2

5:55pm Mon 23 Dec 13

charlie71 says...

Much of Mersea road is in need of repair from the junction of berechurch toad to the peldon rose.I saw that particular large pot hole earlier in the day .i also saw a number of cars pulled over with punctures.
My wifes friend had a tyre and wheel damaged from the same pot hole and her car is in the garage being looked at as the steering is not fuctioning properly.
I am a seasonal motorcyclist and had a motorcycle hit that pot hole at speed(its a national speedlimit stretch of road) it would not have been good news for the rider.
Mr Smiths quick thinking could have saved someone from serious injury on what at the best of times is a dangerous road.
Much of Mersea road is in need of repair from the junction of berechurch toad to the peldon rose.I saw that particular large pot hole earlier in the day .i also saw a number of cars pulled over with punctures. My wifes friend had a tyre and wheel damaged from the same pot hole and her car is in the garage being looked at as the steering is not fuctioning properly. I am a seasonal motorcyclist and had a motorcycle hit that pot hole at speed(its a national speedlimit stretch of road) it would not have been good news for the rider. Mr Smiths quick thinking could have saved someone from serious injury on what at the best of times is a dangerous road. charlie71

8:51pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

charlie71 wrote:
Much of Mersea road is in need of repair from the junction of berechurch toad to the peldon rose.I saw that particular large pot hole earlier in the day .i also saw a number of cars pulled over with punctures.
My wifes friend had a tyre and wheel damaged from the same pot hole and her car is in the garage being looked at as the steering is not fuctioning properly.
I am a seasonal motorcyclist and had a motorcycle hit that pot hole at speed(its a national speedlimit stretch of road) it would not have been good news for the rider.
Mr Smiths quick thinking could have saved someone from serious injury on what at the best of times is a dangerous road.
You're right. In the early spring a nasty part of this road started to collapse just where the photo is taken. It was reported, apparently, a number of times to ECC according to their website. Nothing has been done.
[quote][p][bold]charlie71[/bold] wrote: Much of Mersea road is in need of repair from the junction of berechurch toad to the peldon rose.I saw that particular large pot hole earlier in the day .i also saw a number of cars pulled over with punctures. My wifes friend had a tyre and wheel damaged from the same pot hole and her car is in the garage being looked at as the steering is not fuctioning properly. I am a seasonal motorcyclist and had a motorcycle hit that pot hole at speed(its a national speedlimit stretch of road) it would not have been good news for the rider. Mr Smiths quick thinking could have saved someone from serious injury on what at the best of times is a dangerous road.[/p][/quote]You're right. In the early spring a nasty part of this road started to collapse just where the photo is taken. It was reported, apparently, a number of times to ECC according to their website. Nothing has been done. Ritchie_Hicks

11:22pm Mon 23 Dec 13

charlie71 says...

I have read on the essex county council website where it states it was recently inspected and no action was deemed neccasary.
Someone has to answer for this incompetance.
I have read on the essex county council website where it states it was recently inspected and no action was deemed neccasary. Someone has to answer for this incompetance. charlie71

12:35pm Tue 24 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

The fact of the matter is that the state of the roads all over is horrendous. I personaly have paid out for new discs after dropping into a large pot hole.it seems the larger the wheel the more damage.so dont think your 4x4 wil help just the opposite.
The fact of the matter is that the state of the roads all over is horrendous. I personaly have paid out for new discs after dropping into a large pot hole.it seems the larger the wheel the more damage.so dont think your 4x4 wil help just the opposite. stevedawson

12:39pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

stevedawson wrote:
The fact of the matter is that the state of the roads all over is horrendous. I personaly have paid out for new discs after dropping into a large pot hole.it seems the larger the wheel the more damage.so dont think your 4x4 wil help just the opposite.
It does seem like a certain town which I won't mention (Chelmsford) gets priority in terms of where the cash is spent.

It took ECC 9 months to fill some of the holes on Mersea road by the Australia Estate in Colchester. I know there are a lot, but seriously, 9 months?!
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: The fact of the matter is that the state of the roads all over is horrendous. I personaly have paid out for new discs after dropping into a large pot hole.it seems the larger the wheel the more damage.so dont think your 4x4 wil help just the opposite.[/p][/quote]It does seem like a certain town which I won't mention (Chelmsford) gets priority in terms of where the cash is spent. It took ECC 9 months to fill some of the holes on Mersea road by the Australia Estate in Colchester. I know there are a lot, but seriously, 9 months?! Ritchie_Hicks

1:22pm Tue 24 Dec 13

shallowJoker says...

It's a shame threre aren't more people around like Dave Smith .
It's a shame threre aren't more people around like Dave Smith . shallowJoker

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