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Broughton resident in safety plea after ambulance he was in hits low bridge

A BROUGHTON resident believes he is lucky to be alive after the ambulance he was in crashed into a low bridge on Christmas Day.

Peter Davies, 65, was being taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital with chest pains and angina after falling ill at his Copper Beech Close home.

But when the ambulance was driven on to Broughton Hall Road, it hit the 7ft 9in bridge and injured Mr Davies and the paramedic.

Mr Davies said: “I had angina and did not know if that was causing the chest pains or if I could be having a heart attack, so the paramedics were called.

“I was being taken to hospital when there was an almighty crash. I somersaulted and the paramedic, who was around the same age as me, broke his ribs.

“I was in agony as I had put my back out.

“I had to spend the night in hospital and now I’m walking around like Quasimodo, but I could’ve been killed on Christmas Day.”

Mr Davies, who had already been campaigning about the danger the bridge poses to motorists, now says action needs to be taken before there is a fatal incident.

He said: “I have had an issue with this low bridge and raised it with the council and the police.

“The bridge has been struck frequently – I have lost count of the number of times it has happened. It’s like a fly-trapper.

“One time my children were on a bus heading to school and the children screamed at the bus driver not to go under that bridge – the driver was unfamiliar with the area.

“The only thing the council has done is to get a graffiti artist to create a display under the bridge. That money should be put to better use on safety.”

A North Wales Police spokesman said: “Decisions on placing and changing road signs are made by the Welsh Government.

“There may be input from the local council’s highways department and police may be part of any consultation.”

A Flintshire County Council spokesman said: “This bridge is the responsibility of the Welsh Government, through their agents, the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency (NMWTRA), as the bridge carries the spur of the A55 on this section of road up to the Broughton roundabout.”

A spokesman for the Welsh Government said it would await a police report before making any comment.