CHINGFORD: Man escapes after crashing into lamppost

A car has an altercation with a lamppost in Chingford

Firefighters survey the wreck

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AN elderly driver miraculously escaped this wreck unharmed after reversing into over a lamppost.

The pensioner appeared to have accidentally put his car into reverse instead of accelerating, ploughing into the post in Connaught Avenue, Chingford.

Emergency services were called to the crash at 9.45am on Sunday, which happened outside The Station House pub.

The driver of the car was treated at the scene for minor injuries by an ambulance crew, but did not require hospital treatment. No one else was involved.

Firefighters were called, but the driver had managed to escape the car before they arrived.

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4:39pm Mon 16 Mar 09

Claridger says...

This is quite an accident black spot and I am concerned about the lack of calming measures such as a chicane or sleeping policemen.

I am also concerned that yet again for the third time in as many weeks anelderly driver has caused havoc on the local streets.

Thank God nobody was on the pavement!
This is quite an accident black spot and I am concerned about the lack of calming measures such as a chicane or sleeping policemen. I am also concerned that yet again for the third time in as many weeks anelderly driver has caused havoc on the local streets. Thank God nobody was on the pavement! Claridger
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4:53pm Mon 16 Mar 09

LarryTLemur says...

Keep death off the roads.

Drive on the pavement.

It's enough to drive anyone up the wall.


Keep death off the roads. Drive on the pavement. It's enough to drive anyone up the wall. LarryTLemur
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4:55pm Mon 16 Mar 09

enna says...

Claridger wrote:
This is quite an accident black spot and I am concerned about the lack of calming measures such as a chicane or sleeping policemen. I am also concerned that yet again for the third time in as many weeks anelderly driver has caused havoc on the local streets. Thank God nobody was on the pavement!
What is your obsession with chicane and sleeping policeman. Do you secreatly work installing them and hoping to have some work thrown you way.
This seems to be you response for every accident in Waltham Forest.
If we took you advise we would all be going no where as all the streets would have calming measures, accidents happen in cars its part and parcel of the car transport system.
[quote][p][bold]Claridger[/bold] wrote: This is quite an accident black spot and I am concerned about the lack of calming measures such as a chicane or sleeping policemen. I am also concerned that yet again for the third time in as many weeks anelderly driver has caused havoc on the local streets. Thank God nobody was on the pavement! [/p][/quote]What is your obsession with chicane and sleeping policeman. Do you secreatly work installing them and hoping to have some work thrown you way. This seems to be you response for every accident in Waltham Forest. If we took you advise we would all be going no where as all the streets would have calming measures, accidents happen in cars its part and parcel of the car transport system. enna
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5:02pm Mon 16 Mar 09

MD250 says...

enna wrote:
Claridger wrote:
This is quite an accident black spot and I am concerned about the lack of calming measures such as a chicane or sleeping policemen. I am also concerned that yet again for the third time in as many weeks anelderly driver has caused havoc on the local streets. Thank God nobody was on the pavement!
What is your obsession with chicane and sleeping policeman. Do you secreatly work installing them and hoping to have some work thrown you way.
This seems to be you response for every accident in Waltham Forest.
If we took you advise we would all be going no where as all the streets would have calming measures, accidents happen in cars its part and parcel of the car transport system.
the mans a total prat, i already knew what he was going to write before he wrote it, every road in E4,E10 and E17 is an accident blackspot. hilarious


what a pillock
[quote][p][bold]enna[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Claridger[/bold] wrote: This is quite an accident black spot and I am concerned about the lack of calming measures such as a chicane or sleeping policemen. I am also concerned that yet again for the third time in as many weeks anelderly driver has caused havoc on the local streets. Thank God nobody was on the pavement! [/p][/quote]What is your obsession with chicane and sleeping policeman. Do you secreatly work installing them and hoping to have some work thrown you way. This seems to be you response for every accident in Waltham Forest. If we took you advise we would all be going no where as all the streets would have calming measures, accidents happen in cars its part and parcel of the car transport system.[/p][/quote]the mans a total prat, i already knew what he was going to write before he wrote it, every road in E4,E10 and E17 is an accident blackspot. hilarious what a pillock MD250
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6:20pm Mon 16 Mar 09

Claridger says...

enna wrote:
Claridger wrote:
This is quite an accident black spot and I am concerned about the lack of calming measures such as a chicane or sleeping policemen. I am also concerned that yet again for the third time in as many weeks anelderly driver has caused havoc on the local streets. Thank God nobody was on the pavement!
What is your obsession with chicane and sleeping policeman. Do you secreatly work installing them and hoping to have some work thrown you way.
This seems to be you response for every accident in Waltham Forest.
If we took you advise we would all be going no where as all the streets would have calming measures, accidents happen in cars its part and parcel of the car transport system.
A speed limit 20 MPH in residential areas within London has been increasingly introduced in recent years. This together with calming measures is designed to deter the rat runs and excessive speeding.

You may ridicule the suggestion and various council's policy on this subject, but families of Road Traffic Accident victims will take a dim view of your casual dismissal of such attempts to reduce the thousands of accidents occurring each year in a streets.

Chicanes and speed humps work well in all parts of the UK. It is just not safe to race down side streets with parked cars either side at 30 MPH.

Twenty is plenty!
[quote][p][bold]enna[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Claridger[/bold] wrote: This is quite an accident black spot and I am concerned about the lack of calming measures such as a chicane or sleeping policemen. I am also concerned that yet again for the third time in as many weeks anelderly driver has caused havoc on the local streets. Thank God nobody was on the pavement! [/p][/quote]What is your obsession with chicane and sleeping policeman. Do you secreatly work installing them and hoping to have some work thrown you way. This seems to be you response for every accident in Waltham Forest. If we took you advise we would all be going no where as all the streets would have calming measures, accidents happen in cars its part and parcel of the car transport system.[/p][/quote]A speed limit 20 MPH in residential areas within London has been increasingly introduced in recent years. This together with calming measures is designed to deter the rat runs and excessive speeding. You may ridicule the suggestion and various council's policy on this subject, but families of Road Traffic Accident victims will take a dim view of your casual dismissal of such attempts to reduce the thousands of accidents occurring each year in a streets. Chicanes and speed humps work well in all parts of the UK. It is just not safe to race down side streets with parked cars either side at 30 MPH. Twenty is plenty! Claridger
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6:53pm Mon 16 Mar 09

Pamella says...

Where that 'accident' has ocurred is in a side road off Station Road. It is not an accident blackspot.

By the look of that car, the elderly driver must have put his car in reverse and stamped on the accelerator.

Another one who should get his eyes tested and have to retake his driving test.
Where that 'accident' has ocurred is in a side road off Station Road. It is not an accident blackspot. By the look of that car, the elderly driver must have put his car in reverse and stamped on the accelerator. Another one who should get his eyes tested and have to retake his driving test. Pamella
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6:58pm Mon 16 Mar 09

Claridger says...

Pamella wrote:
Where that 'accident' has ocurred is in a side road off Station Road. It is not an accident blackspot.

By the look of that car, the elderly driver must have put his car in reverse and stamped on the accelerator.

Another one who should get his eyes tested and have to retake his driving test.
I agree about the eye test but this is an accident black spot and the sooner we have some calming measures there, the better, be it a pinching gate, chicane or width restriction of some type, anything to prevent a fatality.
[quote][p][bold]Pamella[/bold] wrote: Where that 'accident' has ocurred is in a side road off Station Road. It is not an accident blackspot. By the look of that car, the elderly driver must have put his car in reverse and stamped on the accelerator. Another one who should get his eyes tested and have to retake his driving test. [/p][/quote]I agree about the eye test but this is an accident black spot and the sooner we have some calming measures there, the better, be it a pinching gate, chicane or width restriction of some type, anything to prevent a fatality. Claridger
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7:55pm Mon 16 Mar 09

Stow Away says...

Think we are all safer from teenage knife crime then we are from the local elderly driving fraternity these days.
Think we are all safer from teenage knife crime then we are from the local elderly driving fraternity these days. Stow Away
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8:59pm Mon 16 Mar 09

Capt Jack Sparrow says...

Oh my god....Claridger you are a classic. Why is it everywhere is a black spot and needs traffic calming? no amount of traffic calming or speed restrictions are going to take the thousands of ridiculously bad drivers off London's roads. Get a grip man and come up with something original next time, or just please dont post crap.
Oh my god....Claridger you are a classic. Why is it everywhere is a black spot and needs traffic calming? no amount of traffic calming or speed restrictions are going to take the thousands of ridiculously bad drivers off London's roads. Get a grip man and come up with something original next time, or just please dont post crap. Capt Jack Sparrow
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1:30am Tue 17 Mar 09

hotredman says...

lmao, I know its a bit sad, but it did make me laugh. Its one of the things you expect to see in a comedy or a movie, that someone puts their car in reverse by mistake - but not taking down a lampost with it; classic!!!
lmao, I know its a bit sad, but it did make me laugh. Its one of the things you expect to see in a comedy or a movie, that someone puts their car in reverse by mistake - but not taking down a lampost with it; classic!!! hotredman
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8:39am Tue 17 Mar 09

radioboffin says...

Perhaps they should make the lamposts stronger.step-acid
Perhaps they should make the lamposts stronger.step-acid radioboffin
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10:37am Tue 17 Mar 09

Cllr Matt Davis says...

Claridger, this accident occurred whilst the vehicle was travelling BACKWARDS. So just how would any of your pointless pet traffic obstructions have made the slightest difference??? Try reading the report properly before commenting.
Claridger, this accident occurred whilst the vehicle was travelling BACKWARDS. So just how would any of your pointless pet traffic obstructions have made the slightest difference??? Try reading the report properly before commenting. Cllr Matt Davis
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10:45am Tue 17 Mar 09

Pamella says...

this accident was caused by the sheer incompetence of the driver, i doubt there have been many other accidents down that road, although I am sure Bert will be able to provide suitable statistics to disprove me.
this accident was caused by the sheer incompetence of the driver, i doubt there have been many other accidents down that road, although I am sure Bert will be able to provide suitable statistics to disprove me. Pamella
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