Biker’s ‘trauma’ at gritter

George Howie was in an accident over the weekend when his scooter skidded in the snow - a WMDC gritter decided to drive around him as he lay in the road rather than come to his aid.
George Howie was in an accident over the weekend when his scooter skidded in the snow - a WMDC gritter decided to drive around him as he lay in the road rather than come to his aid.
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A FATHER-OF-THREE who crashed his scooter in last weekend’s snow says he suffered “complete trauma” after he claims a Wakefield Council gritter drove around him as he lay in the road.

Featherstone resident George Howie said he was returning home from work last Saturday when his 100cc scooter skidded in the snow and he was thrown off the bike into the road.

The 32-year-old said as he lay on the carriageway he was stunned to see a gritting machine not only drive around him but continue on its journey.

He said: “As I lay in the road I suddenly became aware of bright orange lights. I looked up, just in time to see a gritter driver carefully manoeuvre his vehicle around myself and my bike then drive on.

“I was shocked to see he was not using his plough or distributing grit, but I was even more shocked to realise that he had clearly seen me, and yet didn’t show the concern to stop and ask if I was okay.

“I suppose I should be grateful he’d made the effort to drive round me, rather than driving over me.”

Mr Howie – who injured his knee in the crash – was driving back to his Purston home at around 6.30pm when the accident occurred on Doncaster Road, Wakefield.

He said shortly after the gritter failed to stop, an elderly man pulled his car over and helped drag the damaged scooter to the side of the road – but it was more than two hours later that the biker made it home to his family.

Mr Howie said: “I am disgusted at the way a council employee could drive past another human being laid in the middle of the road, and not even make the effort to do so much as wind down the window to ask if I was alright.

“The council has caused myself and my family what can be described as nothing less than complete trauma.”

Graham West, council highways manager, said: “We are sorry to hear of this incident and we are looking into whether any of our gritting vehicles were in the vicinity at the time. We are trying to speak to the motorcyclist about what happened so we can get a clear picture and investigate further.”