Cyclist injured as tree branch is thrown from York bridge

York Press: Barbara Khan, who was hit in the face by a tree branch Barbara Khan, who was hit in the face by a tree branch

A CYCLIST was injured when she was struck in the face by a branch, apparently thrown from a former railway bridge in York.

Teacher Barbara Khan, 47, of Huntington Road, suffered a black eye and a bruised and swollen cheek bone and forehead, but said she could have been blinded or even killed.

She said she was cycling home along Huntington Road from the city railway station when the incident happened at about 6pm last Thursday, as she was going under the old iron bridge, which is now used as a cycle track.

“I was looking down at the ground, noticing there was quite a lot of wood on it when I was struck,” she said. “I cycled on for another metre or two but then stopped. I was pretty dazed and confused.

“There was no wind or trees overhead that the branch could have come from, so I think it must have been thrown off the bridge, along with the rest of the wood that was lying there.”

Ms Khan, who teaches at a school in Doncaster, said she went to York Hospital and was kept under observation for a while but was later allowed home after staff were satisfied she was not suffering from concussion.

“It could have been so much worse, for example if I’d fallen off my bike into the path of a car,” she said.

“I really want to put out this message to those who did it: Pack it in, before you end up killing someone.”

She said she had reported the incident to police.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “This was an act of reckless stupidity which could have had far more serious consequences. Anybody with any information is asked to phone police on 101 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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9:56am Mon 4 Mar 13

bob the builder says...

.. half term ..
.. half term .. bob the builder

10:44am Mon 4 Mar 13

elliehick says...

Knew it would be that bridge. Used to play there myself when I was a kid, and unfortunately u have no grasp at t ayoung age what damage your actions can do.
Knew it would be that bridge. Used to play there myself when I was a kid, and unfortunately u have no grasp at t ayoung age what damage your actions can do. elliehick

11:13am Mon 4 Mar 13

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

I had stones thrown at me from that bridge about 10 years ago, luckily I was driving and the damage was very superficial compared to what happened here.
I had stones thrown at me from that bridge about 10 years ago, luckily I was driving and the damage was very superficial compared to what happened here. NoNewsIsGoodNews

12:42pm Mon 4 Mar 13

Mister Sheen says...

Tree 'surgeons' were working to take trees down on one side of that bridge last wednesday. Some of the branches were chipped but the vast majority of the timber was left behind and in a dangerous state. The chips were also left behind in random piles.This area borders a local playpark and if the local kids started playing on the fallen limbs, only for some of them to roll, legs could get trapped and potentially broken. (I have pictures). Most of this timber has since been removed by members of the public, presumably for firewood but the mess left behind is awful, and not for the first time either. The muppets that felled the trees were presumably working for Sustrans who oversee that cycle track. They had little in the way of PPE gear and therefore were presumably un-certificated for working with chainsaws. There is now a gaping hole in the tree perimeter of the park where beautiful trees once were! Admittedly, not their fault for a branch being chucked over the nearby bridge but they could have at least taken the ammunition away!!!
Tree 'surgeons' were working to take trees down on one side of that bridge last wednesday. Some of the branches were chipped but the vast majority of the timber was left behind and in a dangerous state. The chips were also left behind in random piles.This area borders a local playpark and if the local kids started playing on the fallen limbs, only for some of them to roll, legs could get trapped and potentially broken. (I have pictures). Most of this timber has since been removed by members of the public, presumably for firewood but the mess left behind is awful, and not for the first time either. The muppets that felled the trees were presumably working for Sustrans who oversee that cycle track. They had little in the way of PPE gear and therefore were presumably un-certificated for working with chainsaws. There is now a gaping hole in the tree perimeter of the park where beautiful trees once were! Admittedly, not their fault for a branch being chucked over the nearby bridge but they could have at least taken the ammunition away!!! Mister Sheen

1:28pm Mon 4 Mar 13

PKH says...

I've had missiles thrown at me from this bridge in the past whilst cycling. The Sustrans cycle track unfortunately seems to attract anti social behaviour
I've had missiles thrown at me from this bridge in the past whilst cycling. The Sustrans cycle track unfortunately seems to attract anti social behaviour PKH

1:53pm Mon 4 Mar 13

YorkPatrol says...

Missiles?? Wow, really??

Were the Taliban operating in the area or did you just mean a few twigs?
Missiles?? Wow, really?? Were the Taliban operating in the area or did you just mean a few twigs? YorkPatrol

2:17pm Mon 4 Mar 13

akuma says...

As soon as I started reading I knew which bridge it would be. I used to live just up the road from the bridge and it was an all to common site to see the teenagers dropping items on top of cars and other vehicles as they passed under the bridge.

It was pointless to call the police as if they did ever bother to show up the little so and so's were gone long before they got there.
As soon as I started reading I knew which bridge it would be. I used to live just up the road from the bridge and it was an all to common site to see the teenagers dropping items on top of cars and other vehicles as they passed under the bridge. It was pointless to call the police as if they did ever bother to show up the little so and so's were gone long before they got there. akuma

3:56pm Mon 4 Mar 13

pedalling paul says...

I'd like to urge caution about identity claims re the tree felling contractors. The Police enquiries will determine where responsibility lies, and it will be helpful to pass any information to them. The HSE may have a subsequent role. Best not to colour the debate at present.
The Sustrans regional office has been made aware of this media article.
I'd like to urge caution about identity claims re the tree felling contractors. The Police enquiries will determine where responsibility lies, and it will be helpful to pass any information to them. The HSE may have a subsequent role. Best not to colour the debate at present. The Sustrans regional office has been made aware of this media article. pedalling paul

4:46pm Mon 4 Mar 13

PKH says...

YorkPatrol wrote:
Missiles?? Wow, really??

Were the Taliban operating in the area or did you just mean a few twigs?
Dictionary definition of missile:- 'that which be thrown or shot to do damage'.

I have had stones and hard crab apples thrown at me from that bridge.
[quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: Missiles?? Wow, really?? Were the Taliban operating in the area or did you just mean a few twigs?[/p][/quote]Dictionary definition of missile:- 'that which be thrown or shot to do damage'. I have had stones and hard crab apples thrown at me from that bridge. PKH

5:19pm Mon 4 Mar 13

postie89 says...

Mister Sheen wrote:
Tree 'surgeons' were working to take trees down on one side of that bridge last wednesday. Some of the branches were chipped but the vast majority of the timber was left behind and in a dangerous state. The chips were also left behind in random piles.This area borders a local playpark and if the local kids started playing on the fallen limbs, only for some of them to roll, legs could get trapped and potentially broken. (I have pictures). Most of this timber has since been removed by members of the public, presumably for firewood but the mess left behind is awful, and not for the first time either. The muppets that felled the trees were presumably working for Sustrans who oversee that cycle track. They had little in the way of PPE gear and therefore were presumably un-certificated for working with chainsaws. There is now a gaping hole in the tree perimeter of the park where beautiful trees once were! Admittedly, not their fault for a branch being chucked over the nearby bridge but they could have at least taken the ammunition away!!!
Depending on what company, A you do not need to be registered to use a chainsaw again depending on company and common sense you do not need to wear ppe to use a chainsaw there is no law against this, personally i find your comment shocking as you were the 1 to see this ammunition before it was thrown yet you did not act your partly to blame for this incident!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Mister Sheen[/bold] wrote: Tree 'surgeons' were working to take trees down on one side of that bridge last wednesday. Some of the branches were chipped but the vast majority of the timber was left behind and in a dangerous state. The chips were also left behind in random piles.This area borders a local playpark and if the local kids started playing on the fallen limbs, only for some of them to roll, legs could get trapped and potentially broken. (I have pictures). Most of this timber has since been removed by members of the public, presumably for firewood but the mess left behind is awful, and not for the first time either. The muppets that felled the trees were presumably working for Sustrans who oversee that cycle track. They had little in the way of PPE gear and therefore were presumably un-certificated for working with chainsaws. There is now a gaping hole in the tree perimeter of the park where beautiful trees once were! Admittedly, not their fault for a branch being chucked over the nearby bridge but they could have at least taken the ammunition away!!![/p][/quote]Depending on what company, A you do not need to be registered to use a chainsaw again depending on company and common sense you do not need to wear ppe to use a chainsaw there is no law against this, personally i find your comment shocking as you were the 1 to see this ammunition before it was thrown yet you did not act your partly to blame for this incident!!!! postie89

6:28pm Mon 4 Mar 13

Mister Sheen says...

postie89 wrote:
Mister Sheen wrote:
Tree 'surgeons' were working to take trees down on one side of that bridge last wednesday. Some of the branches were chipped but the vast majority of the timber was left behind and in a dangerous state. The chips were also left behind in random piles.This area borders a local playpark and if the local kids started playing on the fallen limbs, only for some of them to roll, legs could get trapped and potentially broken. (I have pictures). Most of this timber has since been removed by members of the public, presumably for firewood but the mess left behind is awful, and not for the first time either. The muppets that felled the trees were presumably working for Sustrans who oversee that cycle track. They had little in the way of PPE gear and therefore were presumably un-certificated for working with chainsaws. There is now a gaping hole in the tree perimeter of the park where beautiful trees once were! Admittedly, not their fault for a branch being chucked over the nearby bridge but they could have at least taken the ammunition away!!!
Depending on what company, A you do not need to be registered to use a chainsaw again depending on company and common sense you do not need to wear ppe to use a chainsaw there is no law against this, personally i find your comment shocking as you were the 1 to see this ammunition before it was thrown yet you did not act your partly to blame for this incident!!!!
I didn't say "registered", I said "certificated", I.e. trained to use a chainsaw. Any organisation or company allowing its operatives to use a chainsaw without such training and subsequent certification (at the very least CS31, City & Guilds) would be open to a massive amount of potential litigation or HSE investigation by doing so in the event of an accident. They're incredibly dangerous machines in the wrong hands. Good hire shops wont let them go out unless you can present such certificates. Furthermore, to use one without helmet, visor, ear defenders, Kevlar-fronted boots and trousers with chain-arresting fibres in is utterly foolhardy. This gear exists for a very good reason!

(There something about your tone that makes me think that you're one of the above contractors to which I've made reference!)

I've gone to some lengths, amongst others, to make sure that the site has been made safe for/from the local kids. Unfortunately, because of the vast amount of debris left lying around (probably around three tonnes!) it wasn't able to be shifted before the incident on Thursday night.

PP - I'm aware you're well connected with Sustrans so please be so good as to raise merry hell over this as a lot of local people are less than impressed with the outcome.
[quote][p][bold]postie89[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mister Sheen[/bold] wrote: Tree 'surgeons' were working to take trees down on one side of that bridge last wednesday. Some of the branches were chipped but the vast majority of the timber was left behind and in a dangerous state. The chips were also left behind in random piles.This area borders a local playpark and if the local kids started playing on the fallen limbs, only for some of them to roll, legs could get trapped and potentially broken. (I have pictures). Most of this timber has since been removed by members of the public, presumably for firewood but the mess left behind is awful, and not for the first time either. The muppets that felled the trees were presumably working for Sustrans who oversee that cycle track. They had little in the way of PPE gear and therefore were presumably un-certificated for working with chainsaws. There is now a gaping hole in the tree perimeter of the park where beautiful trees once were! Admittedly, not their fault for a branch being chucked over the nearby bridge but they could have at least taken the ammunition away!!![/p][/quote]Depending on what company, A you do not need to be registered to use a chainsaw again depending on company and common sense you do not need to wear ppe to use a chainsaw there is no law against this, personally i find your comment shocking as you were the 1 to see this ammunition before it was thrown yet you did not act your partly to blame for this incident!!!![/p][/quote]I didn't say "registered", I said "certificated", I.e. trained to use a chainsaw. Any organisation or company allowing its operatives to use a chainsaw without such training and subsequent certification (at the very least CS31, City & Guilds) would be open to a massive amount of potential litigation or HSE investigation by doing so in the event of an accident. They're incredibly dangerous machines in the wrong hands. Good hire shops wont let them go out unless you can present such certificates. Furthermore, to use one without helmet, visor, ear defenders, Kevlar-fronted boots and trousers with chain-arresting fibres in is utterly foolhardy. This gear exists for a very good reason! (There something about your tone that makes me think that you're one of the above contractors to which I've made reference!) I've gone to some lengths, amongst others, to make sure that the site has been made safe for/from the local kids. Unfortunately, because of the vast amount of debris left lying around (probably around three tonnes!) it wasn't able to be shifted before the incident on Thursday night. PP - I'm aware you're well connected with Sustrans so please be so good as to raise merry hell over this as a lot of local people are less than impressed with the outcome. Mister Sheen

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