AN 86-year-old pensioner narrowly escaped serious injury after swerving her motorised scooter to avoid a huge crack in a redway path.
The accident happened when Jessie Byrne, who lives in a sheltered housing complex in Downhead Park, was driving her motorised buggy towards the canal.
Because she is partially sighted Mrs Bryne says she didn’t see a large crack in the pathway until too late and, as she swerved to take avoiding action, ended up in bushes on the side of the path, cutting her leg.
Mrs Bryne said: “I tried to go round it but by the time I had turned the wheels it was too late and I clipped the edge of the crack which sent me into the bush.”
Two women who were walking nearby quickly came to Mrs Bryne’s aid and helped pull her out of the bushes. She was later treated by her doctor who administered a tetanus jab as a precaution.
“As you can imagine a tetanus shot at my age is not very nice,” Mrs Byrne added.
“The injury is getting better now but I still have to visit the doctor twice or three times a week to have the dressing on my leg changed.”
Although shaken by her ordeal the incident has not deterred Jessie who is determined to continue to use her scooter to get out and about.
But she admits it has made her more cautious.
She said: “I don’t need shocks like this at my age – the shot itself caused me a bit of discomfort but I did receive an apology from the council.”
A spokesman for Milton Keynes Council confirmed the redway had been inspected and that repair work should be completed as a priority before October 13.