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Ruth’s fury after crash on Sadlers Farm roundabout
A WOMAN has blamed the dangerous road surface at the Sadlers Farm junction for a frightening crash.
Ruth Robinson, 48, of The Fairway, Benfleet , is the third motorist in three weeks to report a crash on the slippery surface.
She pulled away from the Benfleet roundabout to join the A130 when her tyres lost grip on the temporary road surface.
She was sent spinning into oncoming traffic, before ending up in a ditch.
Mrs Robinson said: “I have never been so scared.
“I was only going 20mph as I pulled away from the traffic lights at the roundabout and, before I knew it, I felt my back wheels slipping away and I was facing on-rushing traffic.
“I was lucky I ended up in the ditch, although that’s not very lucky in my book.”
Mrs Robinson suffered back and whiplash injuries and cannot drive her MG convertible after it sustained extensive damage.
Her concerns come after motorist Val Self and motorcyclist Neil Fenn span off at the junction in recent weeks.
Work at the junction has come to a stop during the Paralympic Games.
Mrs Robinson, who crashed on her way to work last Tuesday, said: “I understand about the embargo, but are we expected to sit and watch more accidents happen?
“It’s all very well them saying it will be fixed, but I want the council to take some responsibility for these issues.”
Essex County Council said an independent safety audit found the road is safe, but once the embargo is lifted, workers would be back on the site.
A spokesman said: “Essex Highways is very sorry to hear about this accident.
“The permanent speed limit on the roundabout and the arms leading to the roundabout is now 30mph to accommodate the new junction layout. The works in early September will be undertaken overnight to minimise disruption.”
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