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Hidden fault in towing link ‘could have been fatal’.

Picture of the three-inch piece of metal that hit the side of a Kenwell Court resident's house.

Picture of the three-inch piece of metal that hit the side of a Kenwell Court resident's house.

 

A piece of metal that flew over someone’s garden and clattered against their home ‘could have been fatal’, claims the owner.

Allan Jones, 65, says he was shocked that a three-inch piece of metal travelled ten-foot up in the air for 50 yards until it smacked the side of his home in Woolstone.

It happened on Monday when a lawnmower, which was being operated by Milton Keynes Council workmen, became stuck in a grass area near to Kenwell Court.

After a vehicle was sent to the area to tow it out, the towing link that was being used snapped and ‘flew some distance’ from the incident.

Allan said: “We could hear it mowing and then suddenly there was this whirring sound and then it flew in the air and hit the side of the house and fell with a clang.

“My next door neighbour went out to see what had happened and they said the workmen were worried it had hit someone.

“If anyone had been hit at that sort of speed it would have been fatal. The same distance from our house to the field in the opposite direction is a child’s play area.

“Who knows what could have happened.”

A MK Council spokesman said: “We are aware of the potential consequences of this type of incident.

“We risk assess operations such as recovering bogged vehicles and the towing slings and links have regular visual inspections.

“In this case there appears to have been a hidden fault in the chain that was not picked up during inspection.

“Incidents of this type are fortunately very rare and the Council will continue in its vigilance to prevent the risk of recurrence.”

 

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