Towed car crashes after coming loose near Abergavenny

Courtney Barrett’s car has been written off after the RAC failed to attach the tow correctly, it came off and the car careered into another one on the A4042. Courtney is pictured at Usk Garage with her grandmother Bonita Barratt and her damaged car.

Courtney Barrett’s car has been written off after the RAC failed to attach the tow correctly, it came off and the car careered into another one on the A4042. Courtney is pictured at Usk Garage with her grandmother Bonita Barratt and her damaged car.

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AN ELDERLY woman was taken to hospital after the broken-down car she was being towed in came loose and smashed head-on into an oncoming car.

Seventy-year-old Bonita Barrett was steering her granddaughter’s car on the A4042 towards Pontypool when the towing eye came loose and it crashed on an Abergavenny road on Monday, July 21.

Mrs Barrett had arrived to help out her 17-year-old granddaughter Courtney who was out on a driving lesson when the clutch cable snapped and the car broke down.

The RAC were called and arrived at the scene on Llanellen Road, Llanfoist, just after 5.30pm, fitting the towing eye to the broken-down Fiat Seicento.

But then the car came loose. Linda, 51, Mrs Barrett’s daughter Courtney's mother, said: “My mother told the RAC she’s never been towed before but they just said it would be fine.

“I was so angry. I could see how upset my daughter was."

Courtney Barrett, who is studying for her A-levels at St Alban’s RC School in Pontypool, said: “I was traumatised. I was just so upset for my Nan, she was really shaken up.

“My driving test is booked for next Thursday but I don’t know whether I’ll be able to take it now.”

Paul Griffiths, mechanic at Usk Bridge Motor Repairs, where the smashed car was taken, said: “The RAC never screwed the towing eye in properly, it’s just incompetence.

“I can’t understand who in their right mind would put a pensioner in the car to tow, especially when she said she’d never been towed in her life. It’s just unbelievable.”

A spokesperson for the RAC said: “We are extremely sorry for this unfortunate incident. This situation is extremely rare and we are conducting a full investigation into the cause.

“We are in contact with Mrs Barrett and her family and doing all that we can to help.”

Mrs Barrett underwent an ECG and some x-rays but was discharged from hospital the day after the incident.

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10:24am Mon 28 Jul 14

displayed says...

So the rac will reimbursing her for the vehicle, well that will depend on their insurers............
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So the rac will reimbursing her for the vehicle, well that will depend on their insurers............ .................... .......... displayed
  • Score: 2

1:37pm Mon 28 Jul 14

displayed says...

The RAC driver will need to go on a customer charter /service course before he gets behind the wheel ov one ov theirs again...............
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Would u trust im wiv ur car, no, nor me!
The RAC driver will need to go on a customer charter /service course before he gets behind the wheel ov one ov theirs again............... ........ Would u trust im wiv ur car, no, nor me! displayed
  • Score: 0

1:52pm Mon 28 Jul 14

nolongergullible says...

Who to ring first? Argus or compo claim lawyer? Decisions, always decisions.
Who to ring first? Argus or compo claim lawyer? Decisions, always decisions. nolongergullible
  • Score: 15

4:08pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Abertillery29 says...

On a driving lesson but can't see any 'L' plates.
On a driving lesson but can't see any 'L' plates. Abertillery29
  • Score: 5

4:23pm Mon 28 Jul 14

displayed says...

"Mrs Barrett had arrived to help out her 17-year-old granddaughter Courtney who was out on a driving lesson when the clutch cable snapped and the car broke down. "

Just one thing missing in this report;
Where was the drivin instructor with the unqualified driver..........
"Mrs Barrett had arrived to help out her 17-year-old granddaughter Courtney who was out on a driving lesson when the clutch cable snapped and the car broke down. " Just one thing missing in this report; Where was the drivin instructor with the unqualified driver.......... displayed
  • Score: 3

6:27pm Mon 28 Jul 14

beetee says...

for another RAC bungle see http://www.theguardi
an.com/money/2014/ju
l/28/rac-breakdown-s
ervice-motorway
for another RAC bungle see http://www.theguardi an.com/money/2014/ju l/28/rac-breakdown-s ervice-motorway beetee
  • Score: 0

7:01am Tue 29 Jul 14

arjwain says...

fair play she should atleast get a good payout .
no way should they tow an old lady . they have towing bars why wasn't that used . was the journey to short for the guy to be bothered rigging it up.
but everyone is fine .no loss of life :)
fair play she should atleast get a good payout . no way should they tow an old lady . they have towing bars why wasn't that used . was the journey to short for the guy to be bothered rigging it up. but everyone is fine .no loss of life :) arjwain
  • Score: 0

10:23am Tue 29 Jul 14

jerymp says...

displayed wrote:
"Mrs Barrett had arrived to help out her 17-year-old granddaughter Courtney who was out on a driving lesson when the clutch cable snapped and the car broke down. "

Just one thing missing in this report;
Where was the drivin instructor with the unqualified driver..........
First thought that came to me also.
Might be sorry she brought the Argus in to it.
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: "Mrs Barrett had arrived to help out her 17-year-old granddaughter Courtney who was out on a driving lesson when the clutch cable snapped and the car broke down. " Just one thing missing in this report; Where was the drivin instructor with the unqualified driver..........[/p][/quote]First thought that came to me also. Might be sorry she brought the Argus in to it. jerymp
  • Score: -2

5:24pm Tue 29 Jul 14

jimmysmith says...

another compo scam me thinks .some of the blame got to lay with the granny after all she was steering the towed car and the rac and the aa wont tow you over 40 miles per hour and thats a straight piece of road as well so why wasnt she steering properly .as for paul Griffiths the mechanic .did he inspect the tow bar ? no i thought not .just a well rehearsed script ready for the compo
another compo scam me thinks .some of the blame got to lay with the granny after all she was steering the towed car and the rac and the aa wont tow you over 40 miles per hour and thats a straight piece of road as well so why wasnt she steering properly .as for paul Griffiths the mechanic .did he inspect the tow bar ? no i thought not .just a well rehearsed script ready for the compo jimmysmith
  • Score: -3

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