‘AN EXTREMELY near miss’ is how a woman described coming within inches of being hit by a falling lamppost.
Penny Lillie, of Montgomery Court, Grove Park, Chiswick, was walking to the shops along Fauconberg Road on Tuesday morning when the post came crashing down in front of her.
The 46-year-old was shaking from shock but thoughts soon turned to how, if she had been seriously injured, she would have cared for her mother who was diagnosed with cancer last week.
The incident also made her think of Tommy Hollis, the baby who died the day before his first birthday in February 2010 when a lamppost fell on his pushchair outside Chiswick Town Hall.
This latest incident is not far from the scene of that tragedy and comes only weeks after its third anniversary.
Ms Lillie said: “My mother and I had seen flowers outside the town hall just over a month ago and we both commented on how they must have been for the baby who was tragically killed by a falling lamppost.
“I just can’t believe this has happened in Chiswick, again. I was in such shock and just thought, ‘if I was injured how I would look after my mother who is just about to start going through intensive chemo?’ It was an extremely near miss.
“That lamppost has been flickering for over six months but Hounslow Council has done nothing about it.”
Ms Lillie called the council straight away and a Chronicle photographer was at the scene when workers arrived within a few hours.
Hounslow Highways, which is responsible for the road, said they believe the lamppost was likely to have been hit by a vehicle.
A spokesman said: “We went to the site immediately and our crew cut through the lamp column, thereby making the remaining column stump structurally safe, and cordoned off the area with barriers.
“The work was completed by midday. Hounslow Highways also contacted the electricity company, who attended the site and cut the electricity to the lamp column. It will removed completely and replaced with a new column and light within 28 days.”
A spokesperson for Hounslow Council added: “Unfortunately there are instances such as road traffic accidents when vehicles collide with lamp columns which can weaken them, and while these are rare, we would urge residents to report any incidents to Hounslow Highways so they can take swift action to deal with it, as was the case on Tuesday.”