Emergency surgery for Saffron Walden cyclist after pothole crash

PUBLISHED: 12:45 14 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:45 14 March 2017

The pot hole that caused Luke Millward to come off his bike, with a pound coin for context

The pot hole that caused Luke Millward to come off his bike, with a pound coin for context


After coming off his bicycle when he hit a pothole a Saffron Walden man received injuries that left him needing surgical treatment.

The pot hole on Audley End RoadThe pot hole on Audley End Road

Luke Millward, 39, was cycling home from Audley End Station at approximately 6.30pm on Thursday, March 2, when he hit a pothole on Audley End Road at a point almost opposite to Saxon Way.

He came off his bike fracturing his left and right elbows and breaking his left wrist.

Luke, who is father of a 19-month-old baby and whose wife is seventh months pregnant with their second child, said: “It’s so dangerous. I landed on my helmet. I would have been in big trouble if I didn’t have my helmet on.

“I stayed on the floor for maybe a minute or two and the guy in the car behind me got out to see if I was ok.”

In shock, Luke managed to get up and walk home with his bike before going to A and E in Bishop Stortford the following morning, before being referred on to Harlow Hospital where he was told he would need emergency surgery on his right elbow.

Luke is a self-employed physiotherapist, so his own physical health is key to his livelihood.

“I need my arms for my living,” he said, “and [now] I can’t use my left arm.

“I first really want to make people aware of how dangerous the pot holes are in the town.”

Luke has lodged a complaint with Essex County Council, which said it would send someone out to inspect the hole.

He said: “They’ve sent me a message saying they have received it [the complaint], but it can take up to 40 days to see if they are legally at fault.”

Because Luke was in a state of shock after the accident he was not able to get the names or addresses of any of the witnesses to the accident.

He added: “If anyone saw it happen it would just help me secure that last loop hole if I had a witness.”

This is not the first time a cyclist has received bad injuries due to potholes on the stretch of road between the town and the station.

Gary Coburn, of Saffron Walden, also broke his wrist and was signed off work for two weeks after coming off his bike in September 2015.

A spokesperson for Essex Highways said: “We are sorry to hear of this incident and hope the man involved makes a full recovery. The defect in question has been logged by our inspector for repair.”

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