Devon

Devon gritter crash man feared for life

Anthony Jury
Image caption Anthony Jury broke bones in his right leg and foot

A driver whose gritter plunged 30ft (9m) down a bank after skidding off a road covered in black ice says he feared he was going to die.

Anthony Jury was trapped for two hours after the accident on the A39 at Arlington Court in north Devon on 4 December.

Mr Jury, from South Molton, was airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

He has just returned home from hospital after suffering serious leg injuries.

He said: "I got round the corner, but as the camber changed it just slid right across the road. No chance at all.

"I felt it going over the bank and it all crushing in the side.

"I thought that was the end. Then I came to a stop."

The alarm was raised by a passing postman.

Mr Jury, a gritter driver for more than 10 years, suffered broken bones in his right leg and foot.

He hopes to go back to work for South West Highways mending roads, but does not think he can face driving a gritter again.

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