No police action against Salisbury underpass driver

No police action against Salisbury underpass driver

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 11:17am 14th February 2019. (Updated at 4:24pm 3rd May 2019)

The elderly motorist mistook one of the city's pedestrian subways for a road.

It was one of Salisbury's most bizarre road scenes, a car trying to emerge from the underpass near Castle Road.

Simon Ward was travelling home with his son when he saw the incident around 4.30pm yesterday (13th Feb).

"I was minding my own business waiting for the traffic lights to change at Castle Roundabout. Then slowly from where pedestrians would normally appear is the vision of a Silver Honda Civic attempting to negotiate out of the underpass! Hope the elderly man is ok. Not sure about the Civic though."

The elderly driver, who wasn't hurt in the incident, had entered the subway at the Donaldson Road entrance but got stuck at the Castle Roundabout exit.

Police say the man, who lives in South Wiltshire, was "confused" and told them he was unfamiliar with the area.

castle underpass
Fire-fighters and police were called to the scene after the vehicle became wedged in the underpass.

A fire-fighter managed to climb in through the back of the car, and released the handbrake so that the car could roll backwards allowing the driver to get out.

The vehicle was then reversed slowly back through the subway and out onto the road.

Castle roundabout car
Picture credit: Madelyn Donohue

Officers took the elderly man back to his home.

A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police told Spire FM:

"No further action will be taken against the driver. As a matter of routine following an incident like this a form will be submitted to the DVLA."

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