A LORRY driver says he had a near head-on collision after he struck a pothole in Wrexham.
Tom Forret, of Wrexham, was driving a 44-tonne articulated lorry along the A534, near Holt Lodge Hotel, when he hit a pothole and swerved into the path of an oncoming car.
The 29-year-old, who was travelling from Wrexham to Buxton in Derbyshire on Tuesday at about 7.30pm, said he and other motorists were seconds away from a collision.
He said: “I hit this pothole and the steering wheel was actually ripped from my hands and I careered into the other lane.
“An oncoming car started flashing his lights, but I couldn’t just hop back into my lane in case I jacknifed.
“The pothole must have been bad because my lorry tyres are 2ft-wide.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was shaking afterwards.
“I’m certain that if I had hit another car there would have been fatalities.”
Tom reported the pothole to Wrexham Council and it has now been filled in.
Calls to repair other pothole-pitted roads across the county borough are mounting.
Readers have taken to Facebook with their concerns following a report in Wednesday’s Leader.
Elliot Mathew Know wrote: “I don’t think there is a road in Wrexham without a pothole.”
Michelle Maddocks wrote: “New Broughton is awful for potholes and rough roads.”
Wrexham Council spent £3.2 million resurfacing carriageways in the county borough in 2012-13.
Cllr Bob Dutton, lead member for environment at Wrexham Council, said: “Wrexham Council carries out regular safety inspections on its roads.
“As part of our road maintenance programme, we carry out significant work on detailed inventories and condition assessment of our entire highway infrastructure.
“Resurfacing programmes are prioritised based on the severity of the damage on the road.
“Issues surrounding potholes are reported to us via local councillors and members of the public.
“During the 2012-13 year Wrexham Council will spend over £3 million on its maintenance programme to help to maintain the road network in Wrexham.”
Potholes can be reported online at www.wrexham.gov.uk or by calling 01978 298989.