Motorist crashes into fence after suffering 'medical episode' at wheel in Radcliffe

The scene of the crash in Stand Lane, Radcliffe

The scene of the crash in Stand Lane, Radcliffe

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A DRIVER crashed into a fence after apparently suffering a "medical episode" at the wheel. 

Stand Lane in Radcliffe was shut by police this afternoon after a white Nissan Qashqai crashed into the fencing of Go Wallpaper at about 2pm.

The car first crashed into a bollard on an island in the middle of the road before destroying a lamp post and coming to a halt in the fence outside the decorating firm.

Police believe the driver, believed to be in his late sixties or early seventies, had a heart attack or seizure at the wheel.  

Andrew Davis, who works at Go Wallpaper, said: “The car was only crawling which was lucky as it could have been much worse if he was driving faster.

“After he crashed he was barely conscious and we couldn’t find a pulse so an ambulance was called.

“The car was being followed by a police car and when he first swerved into the middle of the road the officer flashed his lights for the motorist to pull over."

The crash caused about £2,500 of damage.

There were no other passengers and the man’s condition is not believed to be life-threatening. 

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10:13pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

I'v said it before... and yes it is one of those subjects that does and WILL upset people, especially elderly drivers. There needs to be a limit on driving age, at least testing medically every 6-months from 60-65.

You could argue 50-60 needs a medically balanced driving ability also.
I'v said it before... and yes it is one of those subjects that does and WILL upset people, especially elderly drivers. There needs to be a limit on driving age, at least testing medically every 6-months from 60-65. You could argue 50-60 needs a medically balanced driving ability also. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: -15

10:18pm Wed 30 Jul 14

EmShambles says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
I'v said it before... and yes it is one of those subjects that does and WILL upset people, especially elderly drivers. There needs to be a limit on driving age, at least testing medically every 6-months from 60-65.

You could argue 50-60 needs a medically balanced driving ability also.
I totally agree.
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: I'v said it before... and yes it is one of those subjects that does and WILL upset people, especially elderly drivers. There needs to be a limit on driving age, at least testing medically every 6-months from 60-65. You could argue 50-60 needs a medically balanced driving ability also.[/p][/quote]I totally agree. EmShambles
  • Score: -16

10:28pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Citizen Cane says...

Most serious accidents involve 17-24 year olds. How about a minimum driving age of 25? It would cut down CO2 emissions too.
Most serious accidents involve 17-24 year olds. How about a minimum driving age of 25? It would cut down CO2 emissions too. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 20

6:06am Thu 31 Jul 14

oftbewildered2 says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
I'v said it before... and yes it is one of those subjects that does and WILL upset people, especially elderly drivers. There needs to be a limit on driving age, at least testing medically every 6-months from 60-65.

You could argue 50-60 needs a medically balanced driving ability also.
try telling that to Stirling Moss - saw his documentary on TV a few weeks ago. He is still driving. Heart attacks and strokes can happen to anybody at any time, so such frequent testing would not be beneficial and would be costly. Most people over 60 have an annual health MOT anyway. When you are old and past it my friend you will understand better.
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: I'v said it before... and yes it is one of those subjects that does and WILL upset people, especially elderly drivers. There needs to be a limit on driving age, at least testing medically every 6-months from 60-65. You could argue 50-60 needs a medically balanced driving ability also.[/p][/quote]try telling that to Stirling Moss - saw his documentary on TV a few weeks ago. He is still driving. Heart attacks and strokes can happen to anybody at any time, so such frequent testing would not be beneficial and would be costly. Most people over 60 have an annual health MOT anyway. When you are old and past it my friend you will understand better. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 8

12:44pm Thu 31 Jul 14

manchester1 says...

EmShambles wrote:
Beyond News Forum wrote:
I'v said it before... and yes it is one of those subjects that does and WILL upset people, especially elderly drivers. There needs to be a limit on driving age, at least testing medically every 6-months from 60-65.

You could argue 50-60 needs a medically balanced driving ability also.
I totally agree.
You could also argue that EVERY age needs to be medically balanced because it is law that you have to be medically fit, both physically and mentally, to drive if you look on the DVLA's website the list of medical conditions is quite long and there are safeguards in place to stop people driving if they are not. There is a weak link though... its the drivers responsibility to notify the DVLA (although police and doctors can notify)
[quote][p][bold]EmShambles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: I'v said it before... and yes it is one of those subjects that does and WILL upset people, especially elderly drivers. There needs to be a limit on driving age, at least testing medically every 6-months from 60-65. You could argue 50-60 needs a medically balanced driving ability also.[/p][/quote]I totally agree.[/p][/quote]You could also argue that EVERY age needs to be medically balanced because it is law that you have to be medically fit, both physically and mentally, to drive if you look on the DVLA's website the list of medical conditions is quite long and there are safeguards in place to stop people driving if they are not. There is a weak link though... its the drivers responsibility to notify the DVLA (although police and doctors can notify) manchester1
  • Score: 1

6:19pm Thu 31 Jul 14

EmShambles says...

If I had my way they'd ban cars completely.
If I had my way they'd ban cars completely. EmShambles
  • Score: 2

7:19pm Thu 31 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

Older people tend to own their cars and carry insurance,whilst young punks tend to steal cars and don't have either a licence or insurance or a brain for that matter.
Older people tend to own their cars and carry insurance,whilst young punks tend to steal cars and don't have either a licence or insurance or a brain for that matter. boltonnut
  • Score: -4

11:26am Fri 1 Aug 14

EmShambles says...

boltonnut wrote:
Older people tend to own their cars and carry insurance,whilst young punks tend to steal cars and don't have either a licence or insurance or a brain for that matter.
Young punks? Who are you? Charles Bronson?
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: Older people tend to own their cars and carry insurance,whilst young punks tend to steal cars and don't have either a licence or insurance or a brain for that matter.[/p][/quote]Young punks? Who are you? Charles Bronson? EmShambles
  • Score: 4

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