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On Wednesday 23rd March, a tractor towing a very large agricultural implement was involved in a potentially very serious incident.

We have no precise details of the cause at this stage, but the photographs, kindly supplied by Russ Fitzgibbon, spell out how this incident might have resulted in very serious injury or even a fatality, had a pedestrian been in the close vicinity at the time. One shudders to think what might have happened if the tractor had reached further into the village.

(Enlarged versions of the images can be viewed by clicking on them.)

The accident occurred at the notorious Woodways/Stanbridge Road (Clay Corner) junction at 1.10pm. It appears that the very large agricultural tool being towed by the tractor parted company from its trailer. The tractor (and its trailer) appears to have been the only vehicle involved. Woodways was closed for about two hours, as the lost payload was recovered.

Presumably questions need to be asked about the speed of the tractor as it entered the 30mph limit and the associated road narrowing, or the security of its load — or both.

Is this particular incident one that will be investigated by the Health & Safety Executive?

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