Roadworker dragged down the road by car
A GRANDFATHER who thought he was going to die when he was dragged 100 metres down a road by a car has urged drivers to slow down around roadworks.
Roger Pomeroy, 51, was helping with a road closure on the A303 when a car "ploughed" into him at 44 mph leaving him fighting for his life.
The father-of-two, who works for the Highways Agency, was helping after a hay lorry that had overturned at Camel Hill, near to the Sparkford roundabout in July 2011.
Mr Pomeroy, of High Ham, said: "Once all the hay was cleared we had to close the road to let a forklift move the lorry.
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"Then all of a sudden this car came up the hill and ploughed straight into me – I was dragged about 100 metres up the highway. I was lying in the road and I thought I had been killed. I could see my leg was at a right angle and that there was all this blood running down the road – I was in a pretty bad way. I had broken my leg in two places and I had a nine inch cut on my head – I had smashed the car windscreen with the back of my head."
Mr Pomeroy was out of work for six months and said the psychological effects remain.
He said the accident also affected his wife Maxine, his children, aged 24 and 28, and his grandchildren.
He said: "Lying in a hospital bed not knowing if you're going to survive was a terrible time – coming that close to meeting your maker changes you.
"I could see my wife and my children just crying and crying, it had such a huge impact on them, they didn't know if I was going to survive.
"It was a difficult time, I had a lot of mood swings and my recovery took a long time, but Maxine stood by me and supported me through it and I'll be eternally grateful for that."
Now back at work, Mr Pomeroy is supporting the Highways Agency's campaign for motorists to take more care around roadworks.
He said: "People see roadworks and think 'oh not them again', but we're not there to cause people problems, we're actually trying to make it safer for everyone. People just need to slow down because the person on the other side is somebody's loved one."
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