Fears after lorry crashes into garden

EVERY day Rob Rixon lives with the fear that a lorry will scythe through the hedge that protects his home and seriously injure his family.Today he relived the moments when his nightmare almost came true and called for safety improvements on a sharp bend outside his house.

EVERY day Rob Rixon lives with the fear that a lorry will scythe through the hedge that protects his home and seriously injure his family.

Today he relived the moments when his nightmare almost came true and called for safety improvements on a sharp bend outside his house.

Mr Rixon, 54, who lives in Ivy Barn on the B1078 at Hemingstone, yesterday looked on in horror as a heavy goods vehicle overturned and crashed through his hedge.

The incident happened at around 12.30pm and caused the lorry to spill its load of granular salt – flattening Mr Rixon's hedge and a small tree in his garden.


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He said: "My three dogs were in the garden at the time but they are quite quick so they got out of the way.

"I worry when I hear brakes screeching but I only heard the sound of the lorry's load shifting and then it overturned."

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For Mr Rixon, who lives with his wife Philippa, 51, the site of crashed vehicles outside his property is not a new thing.

They have lived there for 15 years and Mr Rixon estimates that they are at least two crashes near to his house every year. The most serious accident happened around 14 years ago when a car crashed into the house, leaving a gaping hole in the wall.

Suffolk County Council is currently looking into possible solutions for the troublesome bend but have yet to find a solution.

Mr Rixon warned: "One day somebody is going get killed out there and it will be no good the council saying we tried various things and it hasn't worked. They have tried various things and they haven't worked because there is still accidents here.

"If they had a 30 mile per hour speed limit I think it would have an effect. The only other thing they could do is to improve the radius of the bend. It would probably be the most expensive option but they need to decrease the curve."

Mr Rixon says that he does feel safe in his house but worries about the safety of his two young grandchildren, who sometimes play in the garden.

He said: "I feel safe in the house but I am always worried when I am cutting my hedge. If the grandchildren were playing in the garden there could possibly be a catastrophe."

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