Driver speaks of lucky escape during Rayleigh roof collapse

Southend Standard: Scaffolding and boarding has been put up outside the building in Rayleigh High Street to make it safe. Pic: Al Underwood Scaffolding and boarding has been put up outside the building in Rayleigh High Street to make it safe. Pic: Al Underwood

A MOTORIST has spoken of her lucky escape after bricks nearly fell from a three storey building’s roof onto her car.

Angie Smith was driving along Rayleigh High Street at 12.45pm on Tuesday when the drama unfolded as dozens of bricks suddenly collapsed onto the road.

Despite having to swerve out of the way of the rubble, Mrs Smith’s car avoided the debris.

However, the incident left the mother-of-four in a state of shock.

Mrs Smith said: “It was like everything was in slow motion.

“It sounded like bricks coming down a builders shoot into a skip and I considered if it was thunder, but then I saw the bricks come down.

“Bricks were bouncing up towards my car so I had to swerve around to avoid them hitting the windscreen.

“I was very shaken by it all and I’m still trying to make sense of it.”

Police closed of the High Street from the junction with Eastwood Road up to the Rayleigh Weir roundabout during the day while emergency services cleared the scene and made the building safe.

The cordon was lifted at 10.40pm.

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3:37pm Wed 14 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Very brave of Mrs Smith
Very brave of Mrs Smith Nowthatsworthknowing
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3:41pm Wed 14 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

I know you were on here yesterday talking about this Angie - and that you were called a liar by one or two of the resident bile-filled loons here.

Obviously you were not lying which most of us decent ordinary folk thought in the first place anyway.

It would have terrified me, seeing that whole thing collapse with debris flying everywhere. You were indeed extremely lucky.

It's fortunate nobody was walking nearby and even more fortunate it didn't happen when the nearby school was turning out at home time.

And it certainly affected the road system around here. I was at County Hall yesterday and when I saw the traffic on the A127/A130 from a distance, decided to take a diversion elsewhere and return home later.
I hope the owner/landlord of the property will give a full statement to the Echo when he receives a surveyor's report. There are underground rivers and subsidence in Rayleigh town centre which those of us who live there are aware of.

You never know what's shifting about underground.

More information is needed. Especially given the proximity of that building to the nearby primary school..
I know you were on here yesterday talking about this Angie - and that you were called a liar by one or two of the resident bile-filled loons here. Obviously you were not lying which most of us decent ordinary folk thought in the first place anyway. It would have terrified me, seeing that whole thing collapse with debris flying everywhere. You were indeed extremely lucky. It's fortunate nobody was walking nearby and even more fortunate it didn't happen when the nearby school was turning out at home time. And it certainly affected the road system around here. I was at County Hall yesterday and when I saw the traffic on the A127/A130 from a distance, decided to take a diversion elsewhere and return home later. I hope the owner/landlord of the property will give a full statement to the Echo when he receives a surveyor's report. There are underground rivers and subsidence in Rayleigh town centre which those of us who live there are aware of. You never know what's shifting about underground. More information is needed. Especially given the proximity of that building to the nearby primary school.. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 5

3:52pm Wed 14 May 14

rayleigh123 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
I know you were on here yesterday talking about this Angie - and that you were called a liar by one or two of the resident bile-filled loons here. Obviously you were not lying which most of us decent ordinary folk thought in the first place anyway. It would have terrified me, seeing that whole thing collapse with debris flying everywhere. You were indeed extremely lucky. It's fortunate nobody was walking nearby and even more fortunate it didn't happen when the nearby school was turning out at home time. And it certainly affected the road system around here. I was at County Hall yesterday and when I saw the traffic on the A127/A130 from a distance, decided to take a diversion elsewhere and return home later. I hope the owner/landlord of the property will give a full statement to the Echo when he receives a surveyor's report. There are underground rivers and subsidence in Rayleigh town centre which those of us who live there are aware of. You never know what's shifting about underground. More information is needed. Especially given the proximity of that building to the nearby primary school..
You open a can of worms here, if i have a roof and i have not been up there for umpteen years - in a hgh wind the roof comes down.

Is this an - act of god- or lack of maintenance - what way would the insurance company consider it ??????????????

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[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I know you were on here yesterday talking about this Angie - and that you were called a liar by one or two of the resident bile-filled loons here. Obviously you were not lying which most of us decent ordinary folk thought in the first place anyway. It would have terrified me, seeing that whole thing collapse with debris flying everywhere. You were indeed extremely lucky. It's fortunate nobody was walking nearby and even more fortunate it didn't happen when the nearby school was turning out at home time. And it certainly affected the road system around here. I was at County Hall yesterday and when I saw the traffic on the A127/A130 from a distance, decided to take a diversion elsewhere and return home later. I hope the owner/landlord of the property will give a full statement to the Echo when he receives a surveyor's report. There are underground rivers and subsidence in Rayleigh town centre which those of us who live there are aware of. You never know what's shifting about underground. More information is needed. Especially given the proximity of that building to the nearby primary school..[/p][/quote]You open a can of worms here, if i have a roof and i have not been up there for umpteen years - in a hgh wind the roof comes down. Is this an - act of god- or lack of maintenance - what way would the insurance company consider it ?????????????? . . . rayleigh123
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4:16pm Wed 14 May 14

pembury53 says...

"I’m still trying to make sense of it.” ? some bricks tumbled down, its not exactly a lot to get your head around..... what i can't make sense of is why half a dozen bricks brought the entire road network to a fu!ckin standstill ! hour and half to get home, i was nearly late out....
"I’m still trying to make sense of it.” ? some bricks tumbled down, its not exactly a lot to get your head around..... what i can't make sense of is why half a dozen bricks brought the entire road network to a fu!ckin standstill ! hour and half to get home, i was nearly late out.... pembury53
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4:17pm Wed 14 May 14

ZUBZUBUK says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
I know you were on here yesterday talking about this Angie - and that you were called a liar by one or two of the resident bile-filled loons here.

Obviously you were not lying which most of us decent ordinary folk thought in the first place anyway.

It would have terrified me, seeing that whole thing collapse with debris flying everywhere. You were indeed extremely lucky.

It's fortunate nobody was walking nearby and even more fortunate it didn't happen when the nearby school was turning out at home time.

And it certainly affected the road system around here. I was at County Hall yesterday and when I saw the traffic on the A127/A130 from a distance, decided to take a diversion elsewhere and return home later.
I hope the owner/landlord of the property will give a full statement to the Echo when he receives a surveyor's report. There are underground rivers and subsidence in Rayleigh town centre which those of us who live there are aware of.

You never know what's shifting about underground.

More information is needed. Especially given the proximity of that building to the nearby primary school..
Thank you Kim

Angie's Mum :-)
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I know you were on here yesterday talking about this Angie - and that you were called a liar by one or two of the resident bile-filled loons here. Obviously you were not lying which most of us decent ordinary folk thought in the first place anyway. It would have terrified me, seeing that whole thing collapse with debris flying everywhere. You were indeed extremely lucky. It's fortunate nobody was walking nearby and even more fortunate it didn't happen when the nearby school was turning out at home time. And it certainly affected the road system around here. I was at County Hall yesterday and when I saw the traffic on the A127/A130 from a distance, decided to take a diversion elsewhere and return home later. I hope the owner/landlord of the property will give a full statement to the Echo when he receives a surveyor's report. There are underground rivers and subsidence in Rayleigh town centre which those of us who live there are aware of. You never know what's shifting about underground. More information is needed. Especially given the proximity of that building to the nearby primary school..[/p][/quote]Thank you Kim Angie's Mum :-) ZUBZUBUK
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5:43pm Wed 14 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

IMO looking at the pics
single brick parapet is to blame and at 5 or 6 courses high. It was going to happen some time ( only based on pics I haven't visited the site so this is all conjecture ) also 1970s badly built building
And the new windows didn't help
If I needed to go past the corner, I wouldn't, the other side is more than likely unsafe as well
The landlord will be responsible for building maintenance and unless he/she shows to the insurance company maintenance records he won't be covered by insurance
IMO looking at the pics single brick parapet is to blame and at 5 or 6 courses high. It was going to happen some time ( only based on pics I haven't visited the site so this is all conjecture ) also 1970s badly built building And the new windows didn't help If I needed to go past the corner, I wouldn't, the other side is more than likely unsafe as well The landlord will be responsible for building maintenance and unless he/she shows to the insurance company maintenance records he won't be covered by insurance Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 4

6:57pm Wed 14 May 14

Letmetryagain says...

The bricks didn't fall directly onto the road or the footpath. They fell onto the
forecourt of the shop.
Any on the footpath, bounced once they hit the ground. There were only a
few small fragments on the road itself.
The bricks didn't fall directly onto the road or the footpath. They fell onto the forecourt of the shop. Any on the footpath, bounced once they hit the ground. There were only a few small fragments on the road itself. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 1

8:18pm Wed 14 May 14

sesibollox says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
I know you were on here yesterday talking about this Angie - and that you were called a liar by one or two of the resident bile-filled loons here.

Obviously you were not lying which most of us decent ordinary folk thought in the first place anyway.

It would have terrified me, seeing that whole thing collapse with debris flying everywhere. You were indeed extremely lucky.

It's fortunate nobody was walking nearby and even more fortunate it didn't happen when the nearby school was turning out at home time.

And it certainly affected the road system around here. I was at County Hall yesterday and when I saw the traffic on the A127/A130 from a distance, decided to take a diversion elsewhere and return home later.
I hope the owner/landlord of the property will give a full statement to the Echo when he receives a surveyor's report. There are underground rivers and subsidence in Rayleigh town centre which those of us who live there are aware of.

You never know what's shifting about underground.

More information is needed. Especially given the proximity of that building to the nearby primary school..
Two old biddies talking of what could have happened but diddence
Each congratulating the other for their worthless petty lives -good riddence
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I know you were on here yesterday talking about this Angie - and that you were called a liar by one or two of the resident bile-filled loons here. Obviously you were not lying which most of us decent ordinary folk thought in the first place anyway. It would have terrified me, seeing that whole thing collapse with debris flying everywhere. You were indeed extremely lucky. It's fortunate nobody was walking nearby and even more fortunate it didn't happen when the nearby school was turning out at home time. And it certainly affected the road system around here. I was at County Hall yesterday and when I saw the traffic on the A127/A130 from a distance, decided to take a diversion elsewhere and return home later. I hope the owner/landlord of the property will give a full statement to the Echo when he receives a surveyor's report. There are underground rivers and subsidence in Rayleigh town centre which those of us who live there are aware of. You never know what's shifting about underground. More information is needed. Especially given the proximity of that building to the nearby primary school..[/p][/quote]Two old biddies talking of what could have happened but diddence Each congratulating the other for their worthless petty lives -good riddence sesibollox
  • Score: -7

10:51pm Wed 14 May 14

Mattster says...

Letmetryagain wrote:
The bricks didn't fall directly onto the road or the footpath. They fell onto the
forecourt of the shop.
Any on the footpath, bounced once they hit the ground. There were only a
few small fragments on the road itself.
Although not much appears to have hit the road there was certainly plenty on the pavement, check out the fire brigade pics on the their website, and I don't think you will find that bricks have much of a bounce factor.

Its not something I would have liked to be near when it happened and most definitely would have been unsettling for those nearest to it.
[quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: The bricks didn't fall directly onto the road or the footpath. They fell onto the forecourt of the shop. Any on the footpath, bounced once they hit the ground. There were only a few small fragments on the road itself.[/p][/quote]Although not much appears to have hit the road there was certainly plenty on the pavement, check out the fire brigade pics on the their website, and I don't think you will find that bricks have much of a bounce factor. Its not something I would have liked to be near when it happened and most definitely would have been unsettling for those nearest to it. Mattster
  • Score: -1

11:11pm Wed 14 May 14

Letmetryagain says...

When a lot of bricks fall at the same time, they won't just fall in a neat pile. The majority of the debris was on the shop front, which isn't part of the pavement. What was on the pavement would have been bricks that got there after they had fallen.
Going by the photo, no bricks fell on the road, or would have hit any car driving past. Apart from maybe some small fragments.
http://www.essex-fir
e.gov.uk/incidents/7
987/
When a lot of bricks fall at the same time, they won't just fall in a neat pile. The majority of the debris was on the shop front, which isn't part of the pavement. What was on the pavement would have been bricks that got there after they had fallen. Going by the photo, no bricks fell on the road, or would have hit any car driving past. Apart from maybe some small fragments. http://www.essex-fir e.gov.uk/incidents/7 987/ Letmetryagain
  • Score: 1

11:20pm Wed 14 May 14

Kim Gangy says...

My problem was the G string, rose up giving me ooohhhaaahhh
My problem was the G string, rose up giving me ooohhhaaahhh Kim Gangy
  • Score: 2

11:44pm Wed 14 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Letmetryagain wrote:
When a lot of bricks fall at the same time, they won't just fall in a neat pile. The majority of the debris was on the shop front, which isn't part of the pavement. What was on the pavement would have been bricks that got there after they had fallen.
Going by the photo, no bricks fell on the road, or would have hit any car driving past. Apart from maybe some small fragments.
http://www.essex-fir

e.gov.uk/incidents/7

987/
Agreed no doubt!
But this and the incident in London which killed the female taxi driver with falling masonry This unfortunately will increase frequency through poorly maintained buildings
As an owner of a building maintenance firm this is frustrating to the industry
As a foot note
A lot of this buildings have been passed down through death and new owners don't realise the weight of having a building which they have no knowledge of liability of HSE or insurance.
Only how to cash the cheques
#tight fisted
[quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: When a lot of bricks fall at the same time, they won't just fall in a neat pile. The majority of the debris was on the shop front, which isn't part of the pavement. What was on the pavement would have been bricks that got there after they had fallen. Going by the photo, no bricks fell on the road, or would have hit any car driving past. Apart from maybe some small fragments. http://www.essex-fir e.gov.uk/incidents/7 987/[/p][/quote]Agreed no doubt! But this and the incident in London which killed the female taxi driver with falling masonry This unfortunately will increase frequency through poorly maintained buildings As an owner of a building maintenance firm this is frustrating to the industry As a foot note A lot of this buildings have been passed down through death and new owners don't realise the weight of having a building which they have no knowledge of liability of HSE or insurance. Only how to cash the cheques #tight fisted Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -3

12:10am Thu 15 May 14

Mattster says...

Letmetryagain wrote:
When a lot of bricks fall at the same time, they won't just fall in a neat pile. The majority of the debris was on the shop front, which isn't part of the pavement. What was on the pavement would have been bricks that got there after they had fallen.
Going by the photo, no bricks fell on the road, or would have hit any car driving past. Apart from maybe some small fragments.
http://www.essex-fir

e.gov.uk/incidents/7

987/
Well lets just be thankful nobody was browsing for tiles. If you check out Google Maps you can actually see the crack at the point where it eventually failed and that was taken in August 2012!
[quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: When a lot of bricks fall at the same time, they won't just fall in a neat pile. The majority of the debris was on the shop front, which isn't part of the pavement. What was on the pavement would have been bricks that got there after they had fallen. Going by the photo, no bricks fell on the road, or would have hit any car driving past. Apart from maybe some small fragments. http://www.essex-fir e.gov.uk/incidents/7 987/[/p][/quote]Well lets just be thankful nobody was browsing for tiles. If you check out Google Maps you can actually see the crack at the point where it eventually failed and that was taken in August 2012! Mattster
  • Score: 3

10:46am Thu 15 May 14

andyh says...

Mattster wrote:
Letmetryagain wrote:
When a lot of bricks fall at the same time, they won't just fall in a neat pile. The majority of the debris was on the shop front, which isn't part of the pavement. What was on the pavement would have been bricks that got there after they had fallen.
Going by the photo, no bricks fell on the road, or would have hit any car driving past. Apart from maybe some small fragments.
http://www.essex-fir


e.gov.uk/incidents/7


987/
Well lets just be thankful nobody was browsing for tiles. If you check out Google Maps you can actually see the crack at the point where it eventually failed and that was taken in August 2012!
(Google Streetview, actually) Well spotted!
That photo will be interesting evidence for HSE and the insurance company … if it is considered legally admissable (well, it will be interesting for both whether or not it is admissable in court)
Go on, Echo, get permission from Google and reproduce that picture as the basis of a "what's the cause" story.
[quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: When a lot of bricks fall at the same time, they won't just fall in a neat pile. The majority of the debris was on the shop front, which isn't part of the pavement. What was on the pavement would have been bricks that got there after they had fallen. Going by the photo, no bricks fell on the road, or would have hit any car driving past. Apart from maybe some small fragments. http://www.essex-fir e.gov.uk/incidents/7 987/[/p][/quote]Well lets just be thankful nobody was browsing for tiles. If you check out Google Maps you can actually see the crack at the point where it eventually failed and that was taken in August 2012![/p][/quote](Google Streetview, actually) Well spotted! That photo will be interesting evidence for HSE and the insurance company … if it is considered legally admissable (well, it will be interesting for both whether or not it is admissable in court) Go on, Echo, get permission from Google and reproduce that picture as the basis of a "what's the cause" story. andyh
  • Score: 1

11:19am Thu 15 May 14

andyh says...

The same cracks are visible in the August 2009 streetview images (the earlier picture - April 2009 - is too low quality to be sure)
The same cracks are visible in the August 2009 streetview images (the earlier picture - April 2009 - is too low quality to be sure) andyh
  • Score: 0

11:53am Thu 15 May 14

Letmetryagain says...

The point is, the headline states....
"..
Driver speaks of lucky escape during Rayleigh roof collapse.."

Only lucky if she had been parked right next to the shop window, moments
before the parapet came down. ?

Then "..Bricks fell into the road..." not according to the photos.

Still, never let the facts get in the way of a good story. :)
The point is, the headline states.... ".. Driver speaks of lucky escape during Rayleigh roof collapse.." Only lucky if she had been parked right next to the shop window, moments before the parapet came down. ? Then "..Bricks fell into the road..." not according to the photos. Still, never let the facts get in the way of a good story. :) Letmetryagain
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