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Roadworks are to blame for my fall, says scooter rider

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 10, 2013

Stef Callear at the spot where he came off his scooter

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A SCOOTER rider who broke his left arm when he fell off his Lambretta, is blaming the recent re-gritting of roads in the Leek area for the accident.

Stef Callear, aged 58, of Carlton Terrace, Leek, was out riding with fellow members of the Leek Jesters Club last Thursday evening when he came off his scooter while riding into Thorncliffe.

The retired electrician, who has been riding scooters since he was a teenager, said: “It was at around 9.45pm and I was coming down Thorncliffe Bank with several other riders.

“I was going very slowly, due to the gritting that has been done on the roads.

“When I got part way down the bank, my front wheel came in contact with the grit causing my bike to skid and flirt around.

“I ended up thrown off my scooter and landed on my elbow causing my left arm to be broken.” At the time, Stef did not realise that he had broken his arm. A fellow Jesters Club member picked up his scooter for him and he managed to ride it home.

“However, it was very painful to do so. I went to the hospital the next morning, because my arm was really painful by that time and they told me that it had broken.

“They did not put my arm in plaster due to the type of break that it is. I apparently need to be able to keep moving it for it to fix correctly.” On Friday, after visiting the hospital, Stef went back up to Thorncliffe Bank to take a look at the area where the incident happened.

He said: “The gravel was virtually all the way across the road, with depths of 4cm to 9cms right on a very bad bend and steep bank.

“If the roads were inspected and kept roadworthy, this would never of happened.

“I have been to a solicitors and they seem to think I have a very strong case, as the Highways Department has a duty of care to maintain the highways.

“I don’t think the way they have done these roadworks is right. It is just a motorist’s nightmare. Not just for car drivers and motor bike riders, but also cyclists.

“I just think they have used a cheap and nasty way of doing the roads. They should at least be revisiting the roads that they have gritted to sweep up any excess.” Stef added: “I went to hospital again on Monday to see a consultant about my broken arm. He said that I shall be struggling for about six weeks.” Staffordshire county councillor Simon Tagg, Cabinet Support Member for Transport and the Connected County, said: “We are sorry to hear about the accident and wish Mr Callear a speedy recovery.

“Staffordshire County Council is committed to ensuring our highways are in good repair and free from debris, and regularly inspects all our highways using qualified inspectors.

“We also ask members of the public to report any problems in their local area.

“We have had no reports of excess grit on the road near Thorncliffe Bank, nor have we had any complaints about the condition of the road.

“Having had heavy rain fall over the past week, it is possible that this may have resulted in more debris on the road than usual.

“If people do spot a problem on the roads, they should contact the council on 0300 111 8000 or via the website.”

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