Mobility scooter prang closes road
Published 06/03/2010 | 08:21
A busy road was closed to traffic during the rescue of a 25-stone man who was thrown face down into the road after his mobility wheelchair struck a hole.
Spencer Pindus, 60, sustained a bloody nose, needed stitches to his mouth and suffered shoulder bruising after he fell from his chair into South Street, Romford, Essex, after hitting the subsided road surface.
Officers diverted waiting traffic during the half-hour operation as ambulance workers aided by passers-by transferred Mr Pindus onto a stretcher.
Mr Pindus, a former bus driver who suffers from multiple sclerosis, had just had a breakfast of burger and chips in a local pub when he was thrown from his chair on Tuesday morning.
He said: "I was crossing the road when my chair went down a hole, just stopped and I fell out. There was a lot of blood coming out my nose and I'm full of bruises from where I was struggling.
"I was face down and my leg was underneath me. People were saying 'stay where you are'. They tried to stop the blood coming from my nose. I had to wait 40 minutes for the ambulance to get me. There was so much traffic.
"They rolled me onto a stretcher and took me to Queen's Hospital. I was very shocked."
Mr Pindus, of Neave Crescent, said he was now considering legal action against Havering Council.
He added: "For a little old lady it could have been fatal for them. I was lucky, I'm big."
A Havering Council spokesman said: "The hole was immediately fenced off after the accident and has now been filled in.