River rescuer appeals for road safety works

North Forty Foot Bank, Brothertoft
North Forty Foot Bank, Brothertoft

A man who helped to rescue a driver whose car plunged into a water-filled ditch near his home is appealing for the road to be made safer.

Andy Stubbs was at home in Brothertoft with his wife and teenage son when a Metheringham man’s car plunged into the ditch along North Forty Foot Bank.

The three rushed outside and managed to help the man, who was trapped upside down by his seatbelt, before emergency services arrived.

However, while many would be shocked to come across such an accident, 49-year-old Mr Stubbs said it is an all-too familiar scene along that road.

“We are a bit used to it now because there have been that many accidents down here,” he said. “We’ve lived here 25 years and in that time we’ve had about nine or 10 cars go into the ditch along this road.”

Mr Stubbs said the road is in desperate need of resurfacing and new signs about the dangers of the bends.

“It’s a really old, bumpy road and drivers going fast along the straights can easily lose control,” he said. “There are a series of bends, but no warnings about them. We’ve tried to get something done about this road for years now.”

Andy Wharff, area highways manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The road is perfectly safe to drive on, providing motorists apply enough care and attention and drive to the conditions. However, I’m happy to look into the option of introducing extra signage. Although we regularly carry out maintenance there it’s likely the road will always be in a similar condition, simply because of the underlying ground conditions.”