Van overturns after hitting water on Devizes dual carriageway

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Two men travelling in a van had a lucky escape when it hit a puddle of water on the A361 outside Devizes and overturned.

The pair were travelling towards Swindon when the blue Ford Transit van hit the water at the end of the dual carriageway opposite the turning for Bishops Cannings at 4.40am this morning.

The van left the road and overturned and the men were trapped inside.

They called the emergency services and police officers and an ambulance crew were able to open the door for them to get out. A crew from Devizes Fire Station also attended but were not needed.

The men were treated at the scene and did not need to go to hospital.

Heavy rain overnight on Tuesday resulted in significant surface water on parts of the A361 between Devizes and Wroughton.

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12:58am Thu 6 Feb 14

HeartBrokenDad says...

Thanks to the cars that didn't stop to help while we were still trapped inside.

I hope you're never in the same position, It was about 4:40 in the morning and at least 4 cars just drove straight past, despite the fact we had 4 ways on.
Thanks to the cars that didn't stop to help while we were still trapped inside. I hope you're never in the same position, It was about 4:40 in the morning and at least 4 cars just drove straight past, despite the fact we had 4 ways on. HeartBrokenDad
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5:19pm Thu 6 Feb 14

PaddyObama says...

Lads,
If I had seen an upturned van with hazards on, I would certainly have stopped. As it was, I drove past at 6 a.m. Ambulance car was positioned with hazards on to warn drivers, so I slowed to about 20mph. If it hadn't been there, I guess I would have hit that water at about 60 mph coming off the dual carriageway, too late to see it in the dark. It needs to be coned off, cos if it rains hard again, somebody else will come a cropper! Glad you are both OK.
Lads, If I had seen an upturned van with hazards on, I would certainly have stopped. As it was, I drove past at 6 a.m. Ambulance car was positioned with hazards on to warn drivers, so I slowed to about 20mph. If it hadn't been there, I guess I would have hit that water at about 60 mph coming off the dual carriageway, too late to see it in the dark. It needs to be coned off, cos if it rains hard again, somebody else will come a cropper! Glad you are both OK. PaddyObama
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2:11am Fri 7 Feb 14

HeartBrokenDad says...

We are wondering if we have any claim against the council. We have since found out we are not the first to come a cropper there for the same reason.

I have seen big puddles there before, but have always passed in daylight. You just couldn't see it at 4:30 in the morning. To ignore problems like these is just plain negligence IMO. They should at least put flood signs out in areas that they know water like this collects, or even better - DO something about it.
We are wondering if we have any claim against the council. We have since found out we are not the first to come a cropper there for the same reason. I have seen big puddles there before, but have always passed in daylight. You just couldn't see it at 4:30 in the morning. To ignore problems like these is just plain negligence IMO. They should at least put flood signs out in areas that they know water like this collects, or even better - DO something about it. HeartBrokenDad
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10:45am Fri 7 Feb 14

PaddyObama says...

In the light of day, it's clear how close you came to hitting that farmers trailer parked on the verge. Outcome could have been a lot worse.
In the light of day, it's clear how close you came to hitting that farmers trailer parked on the verge. Outcome could have been a lot worse. PaddyObama
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4:57pm Fri 7 Feb 14

HeartBrokenDad says...

Yeah - we thought the same thing. We were incredibly lucky it was just a flat muddy field. Trees are the killer, because they generally don't move - even small ones.
Yeah - we thought the same thing. We were incredibly lucky it was just a flat muddy field. Trees are the killer, because they generally don't move - even small ones. HeartBrokenDad
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