Motorist crashes to avoid a school bus

PUBLISHED: 15:51 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:40 31 May 2010

Richard Murphy & Lauren Tribble after car crash on ungritted road.
Saffron Walden.
January 13, 2009.
Photograph by Michael Boyton.
Pic shows: Lauren and Richard.
Names (L-R): Lauren Tribble; Richard Murphy.

Richard Murphy & Lauren Tribble after car crash on ungritted road. Saffron Walden. January 13, 2009. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Lauren and Richard. Names (L-R): Lauren Tribble; Richard Murphy.

A MAN who crashed his car to avoid hitting a school bus on an icy village lane has called for measures to improve road safety in Littlebury Green. Richard Murphy, 29, was driving from his home in Saffron Walden, along the Littlebury Green Road, to Royston

A MAN who crashed his car to avoid hitting a school bus on an icy village lane has called for measures to improve road safety in Littlebury Green.

Richard Murphy, 29, was driving from his home in Saffron Walden, along the Littlebury Green Road, to Royston early last Monday.

"There was snow and ice on the road so I was only going about 5mph," said Mr Murphy, who was in the car with his girlfriend Lauren Tribbley. "I rounded the corner and saw a school bus just in front of me that was stuck on the ice. I knew if I touched the breaks I would crash into it so I took the decision to drive into the hedge."

The car, a black BMW, turned over and both occupants suffered minor injuries. Emergency service vehicles including a police car, fire engine and ambulance, all became stranded on the road during the rescue operation.

"The car is a total write off, but it could have been a lot worse," said Mr Murphy. "The council needs to be aware that this is a dangerous area and needs to be gritted automatically in freezing conditions.

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