A van mounted a bollard in Horsham town centre this morning (Thursday) and had to be removed by a motoring assistance vehicle.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue and Sussex Police were present at the scene of the collision just outside Barclays bank on the Carfax, which occurred just before 10.30am.
Driver Jason Shuker, who is from Hertfordshire and is unfamiliar with the area, was not hurt in the incident but admitted he was ‘shaken up’.
He said: “I feel like crying to be honest. I have just had a new engine fitted and now I have to get another one – because of something that could have been avoided by having the junction marked. There is not much parking here, there is no ‘stop, brake’ sign at the end of the road, the junction is not marked clearly and an accident has occurred.”
The van, which suffered significant damage in the collision, was removed from the bollard at about 12.30pm.
Jason added: “Obviously I am a little gutted because I have come here to do work. I am going to be pursuing the matter because I don’t think I was at fault.”
Here’s the offending object, viewed from the direction the driver crashed into it. You can see the remains of the large oil spill that the fire brigade have had to mop up.
The bollard lies at the mouth of a junction, on the right. You can just about see the No Entry sign to the right of the bollard – you can’t drive into this side road from the Carfax, where this crash occurred, so the driver was presumably attempting to park at the side of the road, like the Range Rover.
I suspect that, in the cold light of day, the driver will know he’s talking absolute rubbish. He drove over a large object because he wasn’t paying attention to where he was going. The fact that there are ‘no clear markings’ in the side road, or ‘stop, brake’ signs (what does a ‘brake’ sign look like, for god’s sake!) is completely irrelevant. He made a mistake and isn’t man enough to admit it.
Instead of fruitlessly ‘pursuing the matter’ further, the most sensible course of action should be an apology to West Sussex Fire and Rescue for wasting their valuable time.