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Bus shelter smash prompts village fears

PUBLISHED: 20:00 24 June 2002 | UPDATED: 12:08 03 March 2010

VILLAGERS today made a heartfelt plea for drivers to stop speeding through Bramford village after a motorist careered off the road and demolished a bus shelter.

VILLAGERS today made a heartfelt plea for drivers to stop speeding through Bramford village after a motorist careered off the road and demolished a bus shelter.

The driver miraculously escaped unscathed after his white H registration Vauxhall Cavalier ploughed into the shelter on the corner of Papermill Lane and Bramford Road.

Mercifully no one was waiting for a time at the time of the accident.

Saturday night's impact caused the roof of the shelter to cave in scattering bricks across the main road and shattering the car windscreen, with the driver still inside.

PC Chris Rodda, who was at the scene, said: "The driver wasn't injured. He was quite lucky really because quite a lot of concrete from the shelter has gone into the car."

The driver, thought to be in his late teens or early 20's, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink driving.

Trevor Johnson, 45, who lives close to the scene of the accident on Papermill Lane, said: "It was is getting bad around here with speeding traffic and motorists using that peace of road as a race track. They come careering round the bend.

"There has been several accidents in the last seven to eight years and we had our wall broken down by a driver who was drunk.

"As I said to the police it wants looking into really. Hopefully this will mean something can be done about it.

"As one lady said to me the drivers come round so fast you put your heart in your mouth every time when you pull out of the drive."

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