Saturday, 21 October 2017

Narrow escape for tractor driver

A TRACTOR smashed through a fence and demolished a telegraph pole after the driver swerved to avoid lorry

A TRACTOR smashed through a fence and demolished a telegraph pole after the driver swerved to avoid lorry.

Wargrave Road had to be closed after the accident between Wargrave and Henley at 4pm on Tuesday.

The five-tonne vehicle, which was towing a silage trailer, was travelling from a farm in Nettlebed to one in Twyford when the driver left the road to avoid an oncoming lorry.

Nick Smith was working in his garden when he heard a crash as the tractor went through his fence about 150m on the Henley side of Conway?s Bridge.

He said: ?I thought it was two lorries going into each other but then I realised it was a timber crash.

?If the tractor had come off 20ft further on it could have gone through my house. I?ve only just had my fence reinforced in the last few months. I now have to worry about security.?


Police were called to the scene and directed traffic for two-and-a-half hours before shutting the road completely from 6.30pm to 9pm.

The tractor, a seven-year-old Valtra built in Finland, was pulled back on to the road at about 7pm by a heavy recovery vehicle with a winch.

The tractor is owned by Kevin Smith, from Thame.

He said: ?I was in the tractor in front and we went past a lorry. I carried on but he must have had to pull out of its way.

?I have been doing this for the last 20 years and we do everything we can to make sure this type of thing does not happen. The driver of the tractor is a trained HGV driver.

?Even before my insurance goes up this is going to cost me a couple of grand but the main thing is that everyone gets home in one piece.?


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