Trail of wreckage left on roadside at accident blackspot
THREE vehicles careered off the same stretch of road in separate crashes in one week, resulting in multiple injuries and an arrest for drink-driving.
Two cars ended up on their roofs in fields beside the Whitstable Bends – the stretch of windy country road between Swalecliffe and Herne Bay – and a further collision resulted in a couple being taken to hospital.
Darren Davis, 32, of Plough Lane, Swalecliffe, was charged with drink-driving after a red Peugeot 306 overturned on Whitstable Road at 8.20pm on Friday, police said.
Paramedics were called but decided Mr Davis did not require treatment.
In a separate crash, three men had a lucky escape when the red Volkswagen Golf they were travelling in flipped onto its roof in Colewood Road shortly before 6pm on Sunday.
Police spokesman Jane Walker said the occupants of the car were "shocked but not seriously injured and one had a cut hand".
Both cars were still upside down in the fields on Monday.
Firefighters, police and ambulance had also been called to a third crash on Whitstable Road at 10.45pm the previous Wednesday after a Fiat Punto ended up in a hedge. The driver and his passenger were out of the car when emergency services arrived but both were taken to hospital.
Miss Walker said the driver, a 22-year-old man from Canterbury, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate and the passenger, a 21-year-old woman, went to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. Their injuries were not life-threatening.
Ambulance spokesman Rich Airey added: "We sent two ambulances and a car. The man was taken to hospital as a priority patient because he had a head injury."
Steve Bailey, chairman of Chestfield Parish Council, Swalecliffe's neighbouring parish, said the Whitstable Bends are notoriously dangerous.
He added: "It didn't surprise me to hear there had been so many crashes. People often use that back route when they have been drink-driving.
"I always drive along there with caution because you see quite a few vehicles speeding. The bends are a bit sharp as well."