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Be more aware of danger road
12:19pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Letters
UNDER the conditions that we had recently, there is a very slippery bend just round the back of Boscombe Down Airfield past Low Flying Corner.
The hot sun on the road, followed by the heavy rain leaves a pool of water topped with oils from the asphalt on the bend. This has the same result as hitting black ice.
I hit the puddle at about 25 miles an hour, and slid out of control. I was very lucky there was nothing coming the other way.
I spun out of control, left the road, went over the ditch, ran through the barbed wire and came to a shocked stop in the cornfield.
I have been driving for 32 years, in many countries, but have never experienced or known about this hidden danger.
I think “hotspots” like the black ice signs, should be placed where the road is likely to collect this dangerous waste.
I do believe this bend is known to many; some have come out of it without injuries, others, I’m sure, have not. A sign before the bend would remind drivers that in less than a second, you could be fighting for your life.
I’d also like to thank the people who stopped to help me, in particular two NHS nurses who were the first on the scene and were so friendly, the British Gas man who stopped, the Tesco van and many other strangers.
NAOMI SMITH, Winterslow
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