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Grantham pensioner injured after truck tyres explode




A 70-year-old man was rushed to hospital after being blown off his feet when two truck tyres exploded right in front of him.

Robert Smith, of Tyndal Road, Grantham, was walking along Sankt Augustin Way on Tuesday afternoon, when a lorry collided with two bollards as it approached the Asda roundabout, bursting two of its tyres.

The force blew the pensioner off his feet and he landed on the pavement.

Robert, who has lived on Tyndal Road for more than 20 years, said: “I was on the way to Asda when I saw the lorry approaching. I knew he was going to hit the bollards but I couldn’t get out the way quick enough. The path is so narrow. There was a brick wall on one side and the lorry on the other so I was trapped.”

After being knocked off his feet, Robert landed on his hip on the pavement with his arm and ankle taking the full brunt of the force.

Robert added: “I was in a daze for a few seconds and then I saw that my arm was covered in debris and bleeding.”

A woman, who had seen what happened, stopped and gave Robert a jumper to stem the bleeding.

After speaking to the police, Robert was told that an ambulance could take up to two hours, so the woman offered to take him to hospital instead.

She stayed with Robert while he was X-rayed. After being relieved to discover that nothing was broken, a nurse cleaned his arm and ankle, which were both still full of debris. The force had also taken a chunk out of his finger.

Robert added: “I was still in shock when I got home and had a bit of a sleepless night due to the pain and ended up sitting in my garden at 4am as I felt a bit panicky.”

Robert's arm and ankle took the brunt of the impact. (3048957)
Robert's arm and ankle took the brunt of the impact. (3048957)

But despite his injuries, Robert is just relieved that it wasn’t a child walking past.

He added: “I am a grown man and the force knocked me off my feet. My skin is all pockmarked and I am still in pain. I can’t even begin to imagine what it could have done to a child in a pushchair or someone in a wheelchair who would have been lower down.”

Robert needs to return to hospital on Tuesday to remove some of the debris that is still embedded in his arm.

He added: “Although everyone has been really shocked to hear what happened, no one has been really surprised. Lorries are always colliding with the bollards. We often hear the tyres bursting from Tyndal Road. Lorries struggle to turn left at the roundabout to go under the railway bridge towards the A52 as it is far too tight. We need to reduce the amount of lanes from three to two to give them more room. Until that is done, it will happen again.

“It was only a matter of time before someone got injured - I just didn’t think it would be me.”

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: “Incident 222 of 10 July, was reported at 13:57pm. A lorry’s tyre burst on Union Street, Grantham, causing injuries to a man who had to be taken to hospital. The lorry was later recovered.”

Robert Smith was injured when two lorry tyres burst on Tuesday. (3019640)
Robert Smith was injured when two lorry tyres burst on Tuesday. (3019640)


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