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Fire service issue warning after driver gets stuck in ford
10:39am Monday 18th June 2012 in News
DRIVERS have been urged to use their common sense before driving into standing water.
It comes after a car got stuck at Buttsbury Wash on Friday morning.
Firefighters from Ingatestone, Billericay and Grays were called to the ford in Mountnessing Road, in Ingatestone, just before 10.30am.
The driver was out of the car before crews arrived, but Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has warned other road users to be careful and consider whether it is safe to drive into fords and flood water.
A spokesman said: “It is mind boggling just how many people will drive their car into standing water with no idea of how deep it is.
“When faced with water, drivers should exercise a little common sense. If they can they should find an alternative route.
“If there is no way round they should park safely and get out to check the depth of the water before they drive into it.
“Just driving into water and hoping for the best is not an option, by the time you find out the water is too deep you are already trapped.”