Pothole ‘could have killed’ says driver

The damage caused after a Derry driver hit a pothole on the Culmore Road

The damage caused after a Derry driver hit a pothole on the Culmore Road

  • by David Wilson

A Derry driver who hit a pothole on the Culmore Road says someone could have been killed as he battled to bring his car under control.

Christopher Doherty was driving on the road, close to the junction with Alder Road at around 5:15pm on Monday night when he hit the “five inch deep pothole.”

“It felt like hitting a brick wall at 40 miles per hour,” he told the ‘Journal.’

“For about the next 100 metres I had absolutely no control of the car. If someone had been coming the other way someone would have been killed.

“The police said it was lucky things didn’t turn out a lot worse,” he said.

Mr Doherty said the collision had left him “badly shaken.” His car has since been written off by insurers.

A spokesman for the Department of Regional Development said the incident is being investigated.

“Roads Service is aware that a vehicle was damaged on the Culmore Road on Monday 3 February. An investigation is currently on-going. Until the investigation is complete, we are not in a position to comment at this time,” he said.

Christopher said it should have been obvious the pothole was “an accident waiting to happen.”

“It shouldn’t have taken for this to have happened for the hole to be filled in,” he said.

“There were cones on the footpath warning about works but nothing on the road.”

He said he was “extremely grateful to all the people that stopped to see if they could help.”




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