Gary is flung to the root of a problem

Gary Floyd hurt his knees as well as his ribs when he crashed his scooter on Midland Road, Hemel Hempstead.'The pavement is uneven due to tree roots.
Gary Floyd hurt his knees as well as his ribs when he crashed his scooter on Midland Road, Hemel Hempstead.'The pavement is uneven due to tree roots.

A disabled man was left with three cracked ribs after bulging tree roots under the ground caused his mobility scooter to topple and fall into moving traffic.

The terrifying ordeal happened as Gary Floyd, 55, travelled down Adeyfield Road onto Midland Road from his home in Sawyers Way. He says his vehicle tipped over as he tried to avoid a particularly big bump caused by oak tree roots.

Gary Floyd hurt his knees as well as his ribs when he crashed his scooter on Midland Road, Hemel Hempstead.'The pavement is uneven due to tree roots.

Gary Floyd hurt his knees as well as his ribs when he crashed his scooter on Midland Road, Hemel Hempstead.'The pavement is uneven due to tree roots.

Gary was then flung into the road, before an oncoming driver stopped and pulled over to help him, along with other passers-by.

Gary, who has severe arthritis and cancer, said: “I think it is dangerous because lots of people go up and down Midland Road and the pathway is absolutely atrocious, there’s not a flat bit on it. Someone is going to get killed.

“The oak trees have gone so far under the path now that it was inevitable someone was going to have an accident. Next time the person might not be as lucky as I was, and the cars might not get a chance to stop.”

Matthew Kelley of Ringway, Herts County Council’s roads contractor, said: “We are sorry to hear about this incident but according to our records, we have not received reports of issues on this section of road.

“The fault has now been logged in our system and our network engineers will inspect the area and repair any hazardous defects we find.”