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Doctor Who's daughter Lally Baker hurt in pothole crash
THE daughter of ex-Doctor Who star Colin Baker ‘thought she was going to die’ after a pothole caused her car to spin and crash into a tree.
Lally Baker, 22, was driving home in busy traffic on Wednesday evening when she suddenly spun off the 50mph Amersham Road heading towards High Wycombe.
Her blue Nissan Micra was written off and she suffered a badly bruised nose, but she was able to walk away from the accident, which happened near the Earl Howe Road turn-off for Holmer Green.
She told the Bucks Free Press: "It was very scary. The first thing I thought was I was going to die. There was blood on my face and I didn’t know where that was coming from...
"The pothole came out of nowhere. I think the wheel got stuck in it and just spun me around. I just spiralled off the road and that’s where I met a tree.
"I’m okay but I’ve got a very blue nose. Thankfully the airbag and seatbelt did their job."
Relieved dad Colin, who writes a column in the BFP and recently competed in the ‘I’m a Celebrity’ jungle, said: "She walked away but if you look at the car you wouldn’t think that was possible."
Lally, who lives in Cadmore End and works for a charity in London, said a small section of the road was coned off on Wednesday with a sign saying ‘Slow - Failed Road Surface’, and she drove round this at about 40mph.
But after recovering the car yesterday morning she said the coned area had been widened to cover the nasty pothole. It is not clear who moved the cones.
The former Great Marlow School pupil added: "It’s a lot bigger than I thought it was. It's about one-and-a-half or two inches deep, but it’s just very wide and covers a long length of road.
"Perhaps the council could have done more and put the cones around a wider area to be 100 per cent sure."
Rosemary Bryant, a spokesman for Bucks County Council, said: "We are clearly very sorry that someone has had an accident.
"We had this road defect called through on Friday afternoon as a two hour call out and our Amersham depot gang went out to make it safe. The area has been coned off as a result of the request."
She said crews have been booked in to repair the road between February 18 - 20.
The cold snap has caused a number of potholes to appear and those requiring urgent attention should be reported on 0845 230 2882, she added.