Car into front garden gas mains sparks fire brigade response in London Road, Benfleet

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A CAR hit a gas main after ending up over a front garden wall outside a Benfleet home this morning.

Firefighters from Rayleigh Weir station were called to the scene on London Road at around 7.15am this morning.

Crews at other stations were also put on standby in case the gas main was ruptured – but fortunately they were not needed.

Firefighters remained on hand to administer first aid to the driver – who did not appear to be seriously injured – before the ambulance service arrived.

A police spokeswoman said: "A silver Vauxhall Corsa drive by a male driver in his twenties collided with the wall and gas main.

"The gas board were called to make the area safe before the vehicle was recovered and the man was taken to hospital."

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1:13pm Sun 9 Feb 14

the citizen says...

"car hits gas mains..... sparks fire brigade response..." sparks and gas don't mix very well.
"car hits gas mains..... sparks fire brigade response..." sparks and gas don't mix very well. the citizen
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1:13pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

More stunt driving.
More stunt driving. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 3

3:22pm Sun 9 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

Is the Vauxhall Nova the most dangerous vehicle on the road today? Why, I 'm sure one overturned in Southchurch recently.

Wasn't the same driver by any chance?

After all, pootling along at 30mph (within the limit) and all of a sudden you are upside down or sitting in someone's flower beds.

I think they should all be recalled.
Is the Vauxhall Nova the most dangerous vehicle on the road today? Why, I 'm sure one overturned in Southchurch recently. Wasn't the same driver by any chance? After all, pootling along at 30mph (within the limit) and all of a sudden you are upside down or sitting in someone's flower beds. I think they should all be recalled. RochfordRob
  • Score: 2

12:29pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Ian P says...

This is not the first time one of these mains has been hit by a car and is unlikely to be the last. Clearly a comprehensive risk assessment was not conducted before the decision was made to raise the gas main to each house above ground level a few feet from the public highway.
This is not the first time one of these mains has been hit by a car and is unlikely to be the last. Clearly a comprehensive risk assessment was not conducted before the decision was made to raise the gas main to each house above ground level a few feet from the public highway. Ian P
  • Score: 0

3:25pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Devils Advocate says...

RochfordRob wrote:
Is the Vauxhall Nova the most dangerous vehicle on the road today? Why, I 'm sure one overturned in Southchurch recently.

Wasn't the same driver by any chance?

After all, pootling along at 30mph (within the limit) and all of a sudden you are upside down or sitting in someone's flower beds.

I think they should all be recalled.
I would guess that, when you say they should all be recalled, you were referring to both the cars and their drivers?
strangely, there was an incident much the same as this on one of the many cops programmes on the telly just last week involving a gas main hit by a car. this involved a driver who, strangely, was not of British origin.
Perhaps it was a copycat crime?
Still, when the bus passes get ripped out of the grips of us old 'uns, we'll show y'all what nice, steady driving is all about.
If I have my way everybody will be petitioning to have the 50mph average speed changed into a "minimum" speed!
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: Is the Vauxhall Nova the most dangerous vehicle on the road today? Why, I 'm sure one overturned in Southchurch recently. Wasn't the same driver by any chance? After all, pootling along at 30mph (within the limit) and all of a sudden you are upside down or sitting in someone's flower beds. I think they should all be recalled.[/p][/quote]I would guess that, when you say they should all be recalled, you were referring to both the cars and their drivers? strangely, there was an incident much the same as this on one of the many cops programmes on the telly just last week involving a gas main hit by a car. this involved a driver who, strangely, was not of British origin. Perhaps it was a copycat crime? Still, when the bus passes get ripped out of the grips of us old 'uns, we'll show y'all what nice, steady driving is all about. If I have my way everybody will be petitioning to have the 50mph average speed changed into a "minimum" speed! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 0
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