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Couple 'could have been killed' after car tyres blow out on A11

PUBLISHED: 12:51 03 December 2019 | UPDATED: 16:32 03 December 2019

Carl Sturgess and Caron Pain were in a their Land Rover when they hit a pothole on the A11. Picture: Caron Pain

Carl Sturgess and Caron Pain were in a their Land Rover when they hit a pothole on the A11. Picture: Caron Pain

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A couple have been left shocked after a pothole opened up on the A11 causing two tyres to burst on their car.

The couple now face a repair bill for their Land Rover. Picture: Caron PainThe couple now face a repair bill for their Land Rover. Picture: Caron Pain

Caron Pain, 53, and her partner, Carl Sturgess, 56, were driving home to Swannington after visiting family in Banham when at about 4.30pm on Saturday, November 30 at Spooner Row, near Wymondham, they hit a pothole at 70mph.

Two of the tyres on their new Land Rover Discovery burst, forcing Mr Sturgess to wrestle the car to the hard shoulder.

Mrs Pain said: "We didn't know what we had hit. My partner was driving and did well to steer it to the side of the road as with it being a Saturday afternoon it was busy, doing 70mph in the outside lane, it was frightening.

"There was a loud bang, it was horrible. We ended up just limping our way to the side of the road behind a Vauxhall Corsa and another Land Rover which had also hit it.

The pothole that opened up on the A11 causing four cars to breakdown. Picture: Carl SturgessThe pothole that opened up on the A11 causing four cars to breakdown. Picture: Carl Sturgess

"The cars were still going past at 70mph and it could have happen to anyone else. You don't know whether they will be able to control the car and not come ploughing into the side of us, thank god there wasn't a motorbike."

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Police were called and closed the outside lane. A police spokesman said officers assisted with the recovery of four vehicles and called Highways England, which is responsible for England's major road networks.

A Highways England said that potholes are repaired as soon as possible and within 24 hours if they are dangerous.

The spokesman added: "Safety is Highways England's top priority, and on dual carriageways like the A11 we carry out a rolling programme of safety inspections every seven days to maintain our roads in a safe condition while causing minimal disruption for drivers."

But for Mrs Pain and Mr Sturgess it is too little to late.

Mrs Pain added: "It's a concrete road and material has been put in which has then cracked and come away. We were disgusted by the state of the road, people could have lost their lives that night.

"We were sat at the side of the road like sitting ducks waiting for the police to come hoping it wasn't going to happen to another car."

The couple now face a bill £2,500 to repair their car.

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