Miracle escape as car ploughs into Wrexham pub toilet

Reporter:

Andrew Boyd

THIS was the amazing sight that would have greeted anybody dashing into the gents’ toilet at The Gredington Arms pub near Wrexham.


Several feet from the ground, its bonnet crumpled and doors hanging open, a car protrudes through the wall.


Incredibly, five young people escaped serious injury when the car smashed into the wall of the pub on Holt Road, Llan Y Pwll.


Now calls have been made for urgent action to improve road safety near the pub.
Staff and customers heard a loud bang as the blue Seat Leon struck the building shortly after 8pm on Saturday.


Landlady Di Watson said it was only through sheer luck that no one was seriously injured in the crash – and she is calling for an immediate reduction in the speed limit.


She said: “The incident has shocked us all, but I have feared something like this could happen for a long time.


“I have previously spoken to highways about my concerns at the speed cars go past here but I’ve been unable to get the speed limit lowered.


“I know there was another incident here in the past and I hope steps are now taken to do something to help the situation.


“This is now going to cost us money to repair as the toilets are completely out of action.”


A young man and four women, all thought to be in their late teens or early 20s, were said by witnesses to have escaped with only minor injuries.


A spokesman for the ambulance service said a call was received at around 8.05pm and two ambulances attended the scene.


One patient with a suspected fractured wrist was taken to the Maelor Hospital for further treatment.


There is a history of accidents and near misses on the twisting stretch of Holt Road leading to Wrexham Industrial Estate.


Five years ago the Leader reported how Di’s husband, Rod, had erected signs warning drivers of the dangers, saying: “It can be a nightmare driving out near bends.”


Business will continue as usual after Saturday’s smash – although with The Gredington’s toilet block out of use, male customers are temporarily making use of the ladies’ facilities inside the building and portable loos.


Mrs Watson added: “We had one customer who was using the toilets just a couple of minutes before the crash.


“It doesn’t bear thinking about what would have happened if he had gone a couple of minutes later.


“There were about 16 to 20 people in here when the crash happened. We suddenly heard a big bang.”


John Bradbury, chief environment officer for Wrexham Council, said a report regarding the setting of local speed limits will be going to the executive board today.


The report will look at a review of speed limits on A and B roads in the county, as recommended by the Assembly Government.

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