Driver escapes with no injuries after Land Rover Discovery ends up in the Sixteen Foot near Christchurch

Vehicle leaves the road and goes into the Sixteen Foot drain

Vehicle leaves the road and goes into the Sixteen Foot drain - Credit: Archant

A white land Rover Discovery ended up in a Fen river in the early hours of today (8).

Sixteen Foot rtc

Sixteen Foot rtc - Credit: Archant

The driver managed to escape and a recovery vehicle removed the vehicle from the water about half a mile from the Bedlam Bridge area of the Sixteen Foot Bank, near Christchurch.

The incident happened at about 6.30am.

The stretch of road is where nine year old schoolgirl Charlotte Walker died when the car she was travelling in left the road and plunged into icy water in February 2008.

Her death inspired the Fenland Road Safety campaign (Charlotte’s way) launched by family friend Graham Chappell.


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Mr Chappell said: “It’s sad to see another car go in the river in this spot.”

The road safety campaign was launched to fund road safety improvements, raise awareness and under take research into road safety.

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It also provides advocacy, advice, education, training and information, operating in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough city.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: “We were called at approximately 6:30am this morning (December 8) with reports of a collision on the B1098 at Sixteen Foot Bank, Upwell.

“The vehicle, a white Land Rover Discovery, is believed to have left the road and ended up in the river.

“The road was closed between its junctions with Stonea and Christchurch and reopened at about 11:30am.

“It has been confirmed that only one vehicle and one person were involved. The driver did not sustain any injuries.”

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