Post van hits woman twice
VILLAGER Mandie Hewings is recovering after not one, but two road accidents involving her local postman.
Ms Hewings, 46, is the talk of Frampton-on-Severn, where she lives, after she was hurt in collisions with Royal Mail worker Kevin Clarke's van in both May and again last month.
Ms Hewings, from Ann Wicks Road, was riding her bicycle in the first incident when she and the post van crashed on a country lane.
But then lightning did strike twice, her neighbour confirmed, when Ms Hewings and the postman collided again as the van was reversing in Bridge Road in the village.
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Ms Hewings was unavailable for comment yesterday.
Another resident of Ann Wicks Road, who asked not to be named, said: "They did crash twice.
"Once in May and again a few weeks ago."
Royal Mail spokesman Sally Hopkins said: "We can confirm that one of our employees was involved in an accident in which a member of the public regrettably suffered some minor injuries.
"We take such incidents very seriously and this matter will be dealt with through the appropriate channels," Ms Hopkins said.
It is understood Mr Clarke has now been transferred to a new post round 10 miles away in Gloucester. A Gloucestershire police spokeswoman said officers were called to reports of a slow-speed collision in Frampton on August 21 at 8.45am involving a pedestrian and a Royal Mail van.
"The pedestrian, a 46-year-old local woman, suffered minor injuries in the accident," she said.
"A breath test was carried out and the driver, a 50-year-old man from Gloucester, was negative.
"No arrests have been made."