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Byline: DAVID POWELL Daily Post Reporter

A DRIVER who was injured and his car written off when he hit a rock in the middle of a road says he could have been killed.

Police are investigating after what is the third incident in recent weeks of a car hitting a rock on the A499 in Gwynedd.

Officers are keeping an "open mind" about whether the rock was left there deliberately, but say a pattern has developed.

In the latest incident, mechanic Sion Jones, 22, was driving home from work on a straight stretch of the road when his Volkswagen Golf hit the rock - the size of "two bricks" - opposite Pont Plas Newydd, near Glynllifon, at about 6.45pm on Tuesday night.

He suffered arm burns from his air bag and paramedics took him to Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.

He said: "It was dark and raining. There was a big rock in the road and I didn't see it until the last minute because there was a car coming towards me with its lights on. I hit the rock, my car went up in the air and my air bags deployed."

He added: "The rock went into the sump in the engine and the floor panel went up. The engine's gone. There was smoke in the car."

Mr Jones, of Llandwrog, managed to pull over. He added: "My arm was cut from the burns from the air bag and I had to get it glued."

Mr Jones was scathing about the culprit, if it turns out the rock was left there deliberately, saying: "They're stupid. You can get to a speed of 60mph on that stretch. Someone's going to be killed."

PC Trystan Bevan, of the North Wales Police Western Roads Policing Unit, said: "This is the third similar incident in the surrounding area where a rock has been left in the middle of the road.

"We are keeping an open mind as to whether the rock was deliberately left in the road or if it has fallen off a back of a truck. The rock is now being examined as part of our investigation."

He warned: "This particular stretch is a 60mph area and is unlit so this could easily have resulted in a serious collision. Thankfully the man sustained minor injuries but the car has been written off.

Further patrols of the area are being undertaken and police are appealing to anybody who may have witnessed suspicious behaviour in the area to contact the Llandygai Roads Policing Unit on 101.


The rock |his by car and (far left) damage it caused

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Nov 6, 2014
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