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Motorist injured as he hits manhole in Leeds roadworks

Jason Pennock was injured after the car he was driving hit a raised manhole in roadworks on Woodhall Road, Calverley. TJ100418c Picture by Tony Johnson

Jason Pennock was injured after the car he was driving hit a raised manhole in roadworks on Woodhall Road, Calverley. TJ100418c Picture by Tony Johnson

A Dad-of-two needed hospital treatment after his car hit a raised manhole in the middle of controversial roadworks through Calverley.

Jason Pennock, 43, of Farsley, said he was driving at under 15mph on Woodhall Road when his car was “stopped dead” by the manhole - releasing the airbags and throwing him forward.

His head cracked the windscreen and he was left with grazing on his arm after the accident on Friday afternoon.

As reported in the YEP, Leeds City Council is currently resurfacing the road in a project criticised by local businesses, who say the work - which close the entire road from 9.30am to 3.30pm - has badly affected trade and is taking longer than planned.

Mr Pennock said: “I was quite shaken up. I still am. An eyewitness at the side of the road said he thought a bomb had gone off.”

The road had reopened when Mr Pennock drove along it. He said: “I slowed right down to get over and didn’t think anything of it. Then all of a sudden, the airbags were in my face. It was a total shock. I didn’t know what had happened. It wasn’t until I got my bearings and suddenly the car rolled backwards and I could hear scraping. If we had been going at any speed, it would have been worse.”

He said an engineer came out and cordoned off the manhole after the accident. “I was upset when they put the bollards around it. That’s like bolting the gate when the horse has bolted.”

A Leeds City Council spokeswoman said: “While repairs are taking place the liability for the works lies with our contractor. We are satisfied on this occasion the contractor had taken the necessary steps to protect road users and also put the required signage in place to advise of the temporary road surface.”

 

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