An appeal for information has been launched after a Land Rover Discovery was badly damaged following a collision on the A46 near Gorse Lane on Wednesday afternoon, 31st October.
Local resident Jack Burnford was driving southbound on the A46 from his home near Dyrham, when engine trouble caused him to pull over onto the grass verge near Gorse Lane.
Having left the vehicle half on the verge, and with traffic making its way around it, Mr Burnford took his wife and two young children across the road and into the Tollgate teashop, while he arranged recovery.
With southbound traffic using the cross-hatchings in the middle of the road to safely pass the stranded vehicle, Mr Burnford went the short distance to collect his other car to take his family safely home.
After arriving home with his family, he was called by police who informed him that his Land Rover had been damaged.
When he arrived back at his scene, Mr Burnford discovered the car, which he has only owned for two weeks, had been severely damaged at the rear, after being hit by what is believed to be an HGV or large vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle involved in the collision is believed to have briefly stopped, but did not leave any details, and hasn’t yet contacted police regarding the incident.
Avon and Somerset Police told the Bath Echo: “We were called to reports of a badly damaged Land Rover Discovery on the A46 at Dyrham at 1pm.
“[The] report is that the vehicle had broken down and was parked half on road and half on roadside grassbank.
“It appears that [a] vehicle may have been in collision with the parked vehicle and not stopped.”
“We’re keen to hear from anyone with information. They should call 101 quoting log 0430 of 31 October.”
Luckily nobody was in or near the Land Rover Discovery at the time of the collision, but police and Mr Burnford are keen to hear from anyone who may have dashcam footage or information, which could lead to the identity of the driver involved.