Council sorry for ‘grave-like’ hole accident on Sheffield pavement

Chantelle White, left, aged 24, of Halfway, who fell into as hole as she walked along the path adjacent to it. She is seen with Tanyaleigh Squires, who was walking behind her when she fell.

Chantelle White, left, aged 24, of Halfway, who fell into as hole as she walked along the path adjacent to it. She is seen with Tanyaleigh Squires, who was walking behind her when she fell.

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A woman who plunged into a hole is fuming at Sheffield Council and preparing to lodge a compensation claim after needing hospital treatment as a result of her fall.

Chantelle White, aged 24, of Norgreave Way, was walking down Halfway Drive with a friend when she fell into what she says was a two-foot hole in the pavement dug out for streetlight replacements by Sheffield Council - which had its barriers in the wrong place.

The mum-of-two, who says the barriers were not around the hole properly, has been left on crutches since after she damaged a ligament and had to go to hospital by ambulance.

She said: “I misjudged where the hole was because it was dark and I just went straight down it.

“Wherever you walk around the area there are holes because of the streetlight works.

“It’s a two foot hole and I’m only five feet tall. It was like a grave for me.”

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for roads, said: “I apologise to Ms White for any injuries she may have received. We take the safety of the public very seriously and the barriers on this street in particular were checked before the accident happened and they were in place.

“Unfortunately we do have instances where barriers are blown over by high winds or, in some cases, moved by the public. It’s really important people don’t play with these barriers and the public should never move barriers from the location where they are placed.

“The area was again visited by the Streets Ahead team on November 3 and the barriers were replaced by boards to cover the hole. Boards are still in place to cover any holes and ensure the road is safe and secure.”

To report missing barriers, call 0114 273 4567.

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