Rainham father calls for speed limit cut after two car crashes in one day demolish fence
A Rainham man was stunned and shaken when two separate car accidents sent a pair of vehicles crashing through his fence in the space of a few hours.
Now Rod Mulvie, of Upminster Road North, is calling for the speed limit to be dropped and warning signs put up on the slippery bend that sent the cars skidding into his field.
The first crash saw one vehicle break a five-metre gap in Mr Mulvie’s fence at about 10.20am on Wednesday (September 26). Two ambulance crews and 15 firefighters were sent to the scene. An ambulance spokesman said a 22-year-old man was taken to Queen’s Hospital, Romford, with shoulder and leg pain.
“All of a sudden I heard this almighty crash,” said the father-of-two. “I looked outside and saw a car had gone through a picket fence and was sitting in the field. Then two young lads struggled out of the car. One was lying on the floor.”
But Mr Mulvie was amazed when a second crash sent a car rear-first into the same fence just a few yards further down.
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“You wouldn’t believe it,” he said.
Mr Mulvie and his 14-year-old son Brad witnessed the second crash – and this time it was too close for comfort.
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“Because we were in my road at the time, it was frightening,” he said. “I saw the car come down and put my hands on my head – I thought it was going into my car and house.”
The bend sits on a 50mph stretch – but Mr Mulvie, 51, hopes to get the limit lowered to 30mph, with new signs and markings put in place to stop further accidents.
He added the damaged fence would cost about �1,500 to repair – but he was more concerned about his family’s safety. “What’s going to happen next?” he asked. “I don’t want to wait until something happens to one of my family.”