Father, 52, calls for action after car hits garden wall

PUBLISHED: 12:30 19 May 2016

The wall hit during a road traffic collision

The wall hit during a road traffic collision

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A family man, whose garden wall was damaged by a car on a busy stretch of the A376, believes the accident shows residents need more protection.

David Jones, 52, who lives in Clyst Road, has spoken of how frightened his wife and nine-year-old daughter were when the crash happened on Wednesday, May 11, at around 3pm.

Mr Jones said the driver had to be freed from his car by a fire crew, before being taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for the treatment of minor injuries.

He said: “The whole thing frightened the life out of my wife and my daughter.

“The car hit the wall. A telegraph pole in the front garden stopped the wall from caving in.

“Unfortunately, this is not the first time this has happened.”

The incident closed one lane of the A376, between Clyst St Mary and Clyst St George, for three hours.

The section of dual-carriageway, which is part of a busy road connecting Exmouth and Exeter, was cleared two hours later.

Although there has been no suggestion that excess speed was involved in the latest accident, Mr Jones would like to see the speed limit reduced on the stretch near his home.

He said: “There are only seven properties on this stretch and five of them have been hit.

“We would love to see the speed limit reduced. The Torquay link road has 50 miles per hour limit and yet this road, which is quite a dangerous stretch, is 70mph.

“I am not just concerned for us residents - I think someone will end up dying.

“If they won’t reduce the speed limit, at least put in a speed camera.”

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