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Elderly man is lucky to be alive after his Ford Escort overturned on the A258 London Road, Sholden, Deal.

25 March 2014
by Eleanor Perkins

An elderly man is lucky to be alive after his Ford Escort overturned on London Road at 3.13pm today.

It is believed the man, who has not been named, collided with a parked mini cooper and an oncoming Jewson’s truck and landed on its roof.

Firefighters were called at 3.20pm, attending the scene with two rescue pump ladders which carry cutting equipment.

Crew manager Dan Yates said: “We used hydraulic rescue equipment to extricate one elderly man. He was conscious and breathing.

“He was handed over to the ambulance, who took him to hospital.”

The driver of the truck was unhurt.

Abi Hicks, 38, of Sandwich Road, Deal, the owner of the cream Mini Cooper, was not in her vehicle, she was in the area to pick up her daughter from the school.

She did not witness the crash but in the aftermath, she said: “I saw he had a graze on his head.

“He’s got off really lightly. Hopefully it will stay that way, I hope he’s alright.”

The incident between Sholden Primary School and the Sholden Fields housing development caused traffic chaos. Drivers were slowly diverted through the village.

London Road resident Peter Bannister was in his back garden when he heard the bang. He said: “It sounded like scaffolding falling.

“My daughter, who is a nurse was out there within seconds. She was on the floor talking to the driver.

“They were having a good old chin wag. He’d said he’d only been in to Deal for some bananas.”

KKC Highways arrived at the scene at 4.45pm.

Workmen and women cleared debris and placed sawdust over the fluids in the road.

Craig Marsh from KCC Highways said: “It’s on a main road and its rush hour, the idea is to get it clear as soon as possible.”

All children were still in school and were not exposed to the accident.

Two eclipse recovery lorries transported the cars away.

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