Flying road chip hit my son in chest

Gazette: Flying road chip hit my son in chest Flying road chip hit my son in chest

USERS of Colchester’s Mersea Road have another traffic trauma to contend with.

After trying to avoid the town’s numerous potholes, they say a recently relaid road is causing grief.

Pedestrians have been hit by loose road chips thrown up by vehicles and cars have also been damaged.

Victoria Munson, 34, was walking with her three children when her eight-year-old son was hit in the chest by one of the stones. Her nephew was hit in the eye as he walked home from school.

She said: “The stones were flying everywhere. It was frightening. I was telling the boys to cover their faces. If the road isn’t safe then surely they should stop people walking by it.”

A 20mph speed limit was put in place on the road, but cab driver Craig Ide, from Colchester, said chips had cracked his front window, and scratched it in a number of places. It will cost about £500 to replace and is not covered under his insurance.

He said: “I’ve just spent a fortune on the car and now this. You were just peppered with stones. Lots of cars in the other direction were stopping.

They were definitely being hit.”

He believes the works should have been signposted further away, so people could chose to avoid the area. The work was due to finish yesterday.

An Essex Highways spokesperson said: “There will be three routine sweeps in the first seven days after the dressing has been laid and engineers will monitor the road over the coming week. All compensation claims are investigated fully and damages paid if the council is liable.’’

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12:51pm Wed 25 Jun 14

catflap1 says...

photo caption should read "man points at reflection of tree" - not quite sure what the photo is meant to show....
photo caption should read "man points at reflection of tree" - not quite sure what the photo is meant to show.... catflap1
  • Score: 16

1:10pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

So? New roads always have these problems.

If you don't like these problems then don't drive on roads nor walk on the footpaths.

Life - thankfully - has a few minor risks.
So? New roads always have these problems. If you don't like these problems then don't drive on roads nor walk on the footpaths. Life - thankfully - has a few minor risks. Jack222
  • Score: -15

1:10pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Boris says...

There were still loose chippings on that stretch at 11.30 pm last night. No warning signs till you were already on the resurfaced stretch.
It's good that roads are resurfaced (no more potholes or uneven bits), but why can't the contractors finish the job properly?
This is what happens when work is outsourced to the cheapest bidder.
Privatisation = penny wise, pound foolish.
There were still loose chippings on that stretch at 11.30 pm last night. No warning signs till you were already on the resurfaced stretch. It's good that roads are resurfaced (no more potholes or uneven bits), but why can't the contractors finish the job properly? This is what happens when work is outsourced to the cheapest bidder. Privatisation = penny wise, pound foolish. Boris
  • Score: 16

2:18pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Shrubendlad says...

Boris wrote:
There were still loose chippings on that stretch at 11.30 pm last night. No warning signs till you were already on the resurfaced stretch.
It's good that roads are resurfaced (no more potholes or uneven bits), but why can't the contractors finish the job properly?
This is what happens when work is outsourced to the cheapest bidder.
Privatisation = penny wise, pound foolish.
Lets all live in a Socialist Utopia where nothing gets done at all.
However this repair system should be used outside main residential areas or be subject to very tight speed and sweeping controls.
As Principals the Council are responsible for any negligence -so claim.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: There were still loose chippings on that stretch at 11.30 pm last night. No warning signs till you were already on the resurfaced stretch. It's good that roads are resurfaced (no more potholes or uneven bits), but why can't the contractors finish the job properly? This is what happens when work is outsourced to the cheapest bidder. Privatisation = penny wise, pound foolish.[/p][/quote]Lets all live in a Socialist Utopia where nothing gets done at all. However this repair system should be used outside main residential areas or be subject to very tight speed and sweeping controls. As Principals the Council are responsible for any negligence -so claim. Shrubendlad
  • Score: -2

2:54pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Let's all not live in a socialist utopia please. Just imagine it. Socialism doesn't work. Never has done, never will. The socialists that I know are some of the most hate filled, prejudiced and miserable people I have ever met. As to this case, the Health and Safety Executive should be made aware of this potential threat to people. As far as I can see, the road workers are doing what they do and as they have always done. If their working practice needs to be revised then so be it. But if, as I suspect, somebody is looking to sue the tax paying public then I have no sympathy.
Let's all not live in a socialist utopia please. Just imagine it. Socialism doesn't work. Never has done, never will. The socialists that I know are some of the most hate filled, prejudiced and miserable people I have ever met. As to this case, the Health and Safety Executive should be made aware of this potential threat to people. As far as I can see, the road workers are doing what they do and as they have always done. If their working practice needs to be revised then so be it. But if, as I suspect, somebody is looking to sue the tax paying public then I have no sympathy. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: -18

5:40pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Leah12 says...

Jack222 wrote:
So? New roads always have these problems.

If you don't like these problems then don't drive on roads nor walk on the footpaths.

Life - thankfully - has a few minor risks.
Jack, people live down there and have to walk, people shouldn't be hit by hot stones!! As far as I know one of the three children was a very young baby!
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: So? New roads always have these problems. If you don't like these problems then don't drive on roads nor walk on the footpaths. Life - thankfully - has a few minor risks.[/p][/quote]Jack, people live down there and have to walk, people shouldn't be hit by hot stones!! As far as I know one of the three children was a very young baby! Leah12
  • Score: 11

6:18pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Mumofthree2014 says...

My son was hit by a loose chipping as I had no choice but to use that route to my home. I'd like to point out that firstly I have no plan to sue anyone, and secondly I have never claimed a benefit in my life and have worked since I left university. So thank you for your kind comments but they are totally unfounded.
My son was hit by a loose chipping as I had no choice but to use that route to my home. I'd like to point out that firstly I have no plan to sue anyone, and secondly I have never claimed a benefit in my life and have worked since I left university. So thank you for your kind comments but they are totally unfounded. Mumofthree2014
  • Score: 14

7:24pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Challis84 says...

Person complains that socialists are miserable and prejudiced, then immediately prejudges someone they have never even met based on nothing other than their own miserable worldview. Oh the irony.
Person complains that socialists are miserable and prejudiced, then immediately prejudges someone they have never even met based on nothing other than their own miserable worldview. Oh the irony. Challis84
  • Score: 6

7:36pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Mumofthree2014 says...

Challis84 wrote:
Person complains that socialists are miserable and prejudiced, then immediately prejudges someone they have never even met based on nothing other than their own miserable worldview. Oh the irony.
My sentiments exactly Challis84!!
[quote][p][bold]Challis84[/bold] wrote: Person complains that socialists are miserable and prejudiced, then immediately prejudges someone they have never even met based on nothing other than their own miserable worldview. Oh the irony.[/p][/quote]My sentiments exactly Challis84!! Mumofthree2014
  • Score: 2

7:40pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Mumofthree2014 says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
Let's all not live in a socialist utopia please. Just imagine it. Socialism doesn't work. Never has done, never will. The socialists that I know are some of the most hate filled, prejudiced and miserable people I have ever met. As to this case, the Health and Safety Executive should be made aware of this potential threat to people. As far as I can see, the road workers are doing what they do and as they have always done. If their working practice needs to be revised then so be it. But if, as I suspect, somebody is looking to sue the tax paying public then I have no sympathy.
Please do not pre judge me. I have never claimed a benefit nor do I ever intend to sue, I was purely trying to warn others of the dangers of using the pedestrian access on Mersea Road. I had to use the pavement Due to recent murders and fear of risk to my 3 sons (all of whom myself and my husband work hard to provide for) should I walk along the isolated footpath to my home
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: Let's all not live in a socialist utopia please. Just imagine it. Socialism doesn't work. Never has done, never will. The socialists that I know are some of the most hate filled, prejudiced and miserable people I have ever met. As to this case, the Health and Safety Executive should be made aware of this potential threat to people. As far as I can see, the road workers are doing what they do and as they have always done. If their working practice needs to be revised then so be it. But if, as I suspect, somebody is looking to sue the tax paying public then I have no sympathy.[/p][/quote]Please do not pre judge me. I have never claimed a benefit nor do I ever intend to sue, I was purely trying to warn others of the dangers of using the pedestrian access on Mersea Road. I had to use the pavement Due to recent murders and fear of risk to my 3 sons (all of whom myself and my husband work hard to provide for) should I walk along the isolated footpath to my home Mumofthree2014
  • Score: 10

7:48pm Wed 25 Jun 14

davidjohn7 says...

What's all this nonsense about socialist utopia
All we have here is a lady trying to get her children home and standard health and safety does not seem to be in force
What's all this nonsense about socialist utopia All we have here is a lady trying to get her children home and standard health and safety does not seem to be in force davidjohn7
  • Score: 8

10:30pm Wed 25 Jun 14

LisaT1978 says...

Thankyou mumofthree2014 for making others aware of this.
All the nonsense about socialist utopia and jumping to conclusions about someone has deviated from the point. Two children were hurt! Hurt by the negligence of others who refuse to take responsibility nor apologise.
I hope that the children are ok x
Thankyou mumofthree2014 for making others aware of this. All the nonsense about socialist utopia and jumping to conclusions about someone has deviated from the point. Two children were hurt! Hurt by the negligence of others who refuse to take responsibility nor apologise. I hope that the children are ok x LisaT1978
  • Score: 4

10:42pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Isabella123 says...

Omg some people don't have the brains that they were born with,! I had to laugh when I read the comment, don't use the road or pavement. Silly person, some of us live on or off Mersea road and have no other way to access our homes without driving or walking along it. Believe me, if I didn't need to use my car, then I wouldn't and wouldn't end up with stone chips all over it. And if my son didn't have to walk to school every day he wouldn't have been hit in the face by a stone. But don't worry I won't be suing for your hard earned taxes as like mother of three I also work and don't expect hand outs. Some people need to engage their brains before they give negative comments and lets hope it doesn't happen to them!!!
Omg some people don't have the brains that they were born with,! I had to laugh when I read the comment, don't use the road or pavement. Silly person, some of us live on or off Mersea road and have no other way to access our homes without driving or walking along it. Believe me, if I didn't need to use my car, then I wouldn't and wouldn't end up with stone chips all over it. And if my son didn't have to walk to school every day he wouldn't have been hit in the face by a stone. But don't worry I won't be suing for your hard earned taxes as like mother of three I also work and don't expect hand outs. Some people need to engage their brains before they give negative comments and lets hope it doesn't happen to them!!! Isabella123
  • Score: 4

10:51pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Davidmills says...

catflap1 wrote:
photo caption should read "man points at reflection of tree" - not quite sure what the photo is meant to show....
Windscreen have been broken for many many years by road chips, i was a windscreen fitter and most of the work was due to road chips get a life
[quote][p][bold]catflap1[/bold] wrote: photo caption should read "man points at reflection of tree" - not quite sure what the photo is meant to show....[/p][/quote]Windscreen have been broken for many many years by road chips, i was a windscreen fitter and most of the work was due to road chips get a life Davidmills
  • Score: -2

11:09pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Isabella123 says...

Davidmills wrote:
catflap1 wrote:
photo caption should read "man points at reflection of tree" - not quite sure what the photo is meant to show....
Windscreen have been broken for many many years by road chips, i was a windscreen fitter and most of the work was due to road chips get a life
Unfortunately we do have a life! Our lives involve using this road and yes I understand that we do get damaged windscreens from time to time but not to this extent. Not only are stones flying everywhere and chipping windscreens but they are actually hurting pedestrians and believe me, they sting like hell. They were also very hot and have melted pram wheels and the soles of people's shoes.
[quote][p][bold]Davidmills[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]catflap1[/bold] wrote: photo caption should read "man points at reflection of tree" - not quite sure what the photo is meant to show....[/p][/quote]Windscreen have been broken for many many years by road chips, i was a windscreen fitter and most of the work was due to road chips get a life[/p][/quote]Unfortunately we do have a life! Our lives involve using this road and yes I understand that we do get damaged windscreens from time to time but not to this extent. Not only are stones flying everywhere and chipping windscreens but they are actually hurting pedestrians and believe me, they sting like hell. They were also very hot and have melted pram wheels and the soles of people's shoes. Isabella123
  • Score: -2

1:06am Thu 26 Jun 14

Boris says...

davidjohn7 wrote:
What's all this nonsense about socialist utopia
All we have here is a lady trying to get her children home and standard health and safety does not seem to be in force
This on-line paper is plagued by a few doctrinaire right-wingers, such as Shrubendlad and Jess Jephcott, who regularly try to turn an ordinary story into a political rant. Sometimes they can be very spiteful. It is best to ignore them.
[quote][p][bold]davidjohn7[/bold] wrote: What's all this nonsense about socialist utopia All we have here is a lady trying to get her children home and standard health and safety does not seem to be in force[/p][/quote]This on-line paper is plagued by a few doctrinaire right-wingers, such as Shrubendlad and Jess Jephcott, who regularly try to turn an ordinary story into a political rant. Sometimes they can be very spiteful. It is best to ignore them. Boris
  • Score: 2

7:36am Thu 26 Jun 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

The most sensible comment is the very first by Catflap1.

The subject does need a positive response from ECC but that won't happen, irrespective of who is in charge, they will always run for cover and won't take responsibility for their own mistakes.

Its time Colchester pressed for Unitary Authority status then we can get rid of ECC altogether. That would then place the responsibility squarely on CBC, who at present sit back and blame ECC. What do our own elected ECC councillors do for Colchester. (answers on a potage stamp please)

However, comments about socialist utopia's, doctrinaire right-wingers, benefit claimants and wild claims of melted shoes and melted pram wheels makes for interesting reading but doesn't help sort the problem out, which by now has most probably gone away, that is until next time!
The most sensible comment is the very first by Catflap1. The subject does need a positive response from ECC but that won't happen, irrespective of who is in charge, they will always run for cover and won't take responsibility for their own mistakes. Its time Colchester pressed for Unitary Authority status then we can get rid of ECC altogether. That would then place the responsibility squarely on CBC, who at present sit back and blame ECC. What do our own elected ECC councillors do for Colchester. (answers on a potage stamp please) However, comments about socialist utopia's, doctrinaire right-wingers, benefit claimants and wild claims of melted shoes and melted pram wheels makes for interesting reading but doesn't help sort the problem out, which by now has most probably gone away, that is until next time! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 4

7:38am Thu 26 Jun 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

potage stamp?....postage
potage stamp?....postage Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: -1

10:15am Thu 26 Jun 14

Oliver Guiness says...

A complete bodge job. There are already patches where cars have worn the chippings away and piles of them at the edge of the road.

Thanks Essex
A complete bodge job. There are already patches where cars have worn the chippings away and piles of them at the edge of the road. Thanks Essex Oliver Guiness
  • Score: 1

3:43pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Assimilation says...

It looks like a no-win situation what ever way you look at it. Pot holes, nothing but whinging. Resurfacing, nothing but whinging. Lets just dig up all the roads and have dirt tracks and be done with it.

And it`s good to see David Mills on here.
It looks like a no-win situation what ever way you look at it. Pot holes, nothing but whinging. Resurfacing, nothing but whinging. Lets just dig up all the roads and have dirt tracks and be done with it. And it`s good to see David Mills on here. Assimilation
  • Score: 0

4:30pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Pondermatic says...

I find it quite incredible that that section of the Mersea road has been marked for renewal. I know it's not saying much but it's one of the better road's in the area. The Monkwick estate (which had a part of it done then they left it), Berechurch Hall Road and Layer Road have much worse surfaces, some of the holes around are almost lethal for bikers. Maybe Mersea Road was an easy one to do to use up some of the road surfacing budget.
I find it quite incredible that that section of the Mersea road has been marked for renewal. I know it's not saying much but it's one of the better road's in the area. The Monkwick estate (which had a part of it done then they left it), Berechurch Hall Road and Layer Road have much worse surfaces, some of the holes around are almost lethal for bikers. Maybe Mersea Road was an easy one to do to use up some of the road surfacing budget. Pondermatic
  • Score: 0

5:09pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Pondermatic says...

Boris wrote:
There were still loose chippings on that stretch at 11.30 pm last night. No warning signs till you were already on the resurfaced stretch.
It's good that roads are resurfaced (no more potholes or uneven bits), but why can't the contractors finish the job properly?
This is what happens when work is outsourced to the cheapest bidder.
Privatisation = penny wise, pound foolish.
I worked in Hertfordshire until recently, and the road resurfacing trend there is to scour the roads, chuck chippings all over it, wait for the public traffic to wear it down a bit, and then paint the lines back on. Cheap and nasty. Says it all really.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: There were still loose chippings on that stretch at 11.30 pm last night. No warning signs till you were already on the resurfaced stretch. It's good that roads are resurfaced (no more potholes or uneven bits), but why can't the contractors finish the job properly? This is what happens when work is outsourced to the cheapest bidder. Privatisation = penny wise, pound foolish.[/p][/quote]I worked in Hertfordshire until recently, and the road resurfacing trend there is to scour the roads, chuck chippings all over it, wait for the public traffic to wear it down a bit, and then paint the lines back on. Cheap and nasty. Says it all really. Pondermatic
  • Score: 1

5:51pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Some roads in Colchester resemble the surface of the moon and nothing is done. This section of Mersea Road seemsed perfectly adequate as it was. So why is it being redressed?
Some roads in Colchester resemble the surface of the moon and nothing is done. This section of Mersea Road seemsed perfectly adequate as it was. So why is it being redressed? Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 0

2:18pm Fri 27 Jun 14

jamest says...

Throwing chips out of car windows is dangerous!!
Throwing chips out of car windows is dangerous!! jamest
  • Score: -2

5:33pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Assimilation says...

jamest wrote:
Throwing chips out of car windows is dangerous!!
Yea, I got hit by one the other day. The chip was OK, very tasty, but it was covered with tomato sauce so it was quite messy
[quote][p][bold]jamest[/bold] wrote: Throwing chips out of car windows is dangerous!![/p][/quote]Yea, I got hit by one the other day. The chip was OK, very tasty, but it was covered with tomato sauce so it was quite messy Assimilation
  • Score: 0
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