Dislodged Bury kerb results in broken rib

The damaged kerb in the Traverse that tripped Kay Cutting ANL-140409-115218001
The damaged kerb in the Traverse that tripped Kay Cutting ANL-140409-115218001
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A woman suffered a cracked rib after tripping over a kerb stone that had been left unrepaired for weeks.

Kay Cutting, from Wattisfield, feared she might not be able to go on holiday to Spain after she fell in the Traverse, Bury St Edmunds, last Tuesday, only six days before she was due to leave.

But she said it could have been worse. “If it had been a little old lady, I’d probably have broken her hip.

“I just looked to see if it was OK to cross and the next thing I knew I was on the ground.”

She thanked shopkeepers who came out to make sure she was all right and a police officer who was nearby and said he would report the kerb, which was outside the Starlings toy shop.

Mrs Cutting said husband drove her to West Suffolk Hospital where, as well as bruising to her arm, they diagnosed a cracked rib.

Shopkeepers in the traverse said the kerb stone, which had grass growing in the cracks around it, had been like it for some time.

A Suffolk County Council spokesman said last Thursday they had become aware of the damaged kerb the week before Mrs Cutting was hurt.

He said it was being repaired that day.

Mrs Cutting was able to go on holiday.