You haven’t hit a proper pothole until it rips an axle out and writes the whole car off.
That’s exactly what happened to Daisy Boxall’s fifth-generation Ford Fiesta when it fatally dropped a wheel into a deep hole in the English seaside town of Bognor.
Daisy and a friend were in the car when it hit the Felpham Way pothole last week. Evidently the stress was too much for the rear axle to take; the force of the impact ripped it away from its mountings like an unwanted gherkin from the top of a burger. She said:
“I was going into town to visit friends. On approach to the bend I slowed, went down the pothole, and then all of a sudden it was like the wind took the car and we were spinning in the road, scraping along.
“It came to a stop, and me and my friend Leah got out and saw the damage that had been done to the car.
“I just thought ‘It’s going to be pricey’ and then realised that no, it’s a total write-off. It was quite shocking – going from just driving along the road to being on the other side of the road with no back wheels.”
We can imagine.
Although the pictures don’t really show how deep and dangerous the hole was (before West Sussex County Council repaired it about 90 minutes afterwards), it must have been a really bad one to cause that much damage. Either that or the Fiesta was even rustier than Phil the MX-5..
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