Woman injures leg after Balmoor Terrace fall

Janice Cameron with her injured leg following the incident on Balmoor Terrace
Janice Cameron with her injured leg following the incident on Balmoor Terrace

A woman from Peterhead could face surgery after falling on uneven ground at Balmoor Terrace.

Janice Cameron tripped and fell after losing her footing as she attempted to cross the road on Friday, August 22.

Mrs Cameron claims she fell as workers from Aberdeenshire Council failed to make an alternative pedestrian route clear which avoided pavement resurfacing work.

Speaking to the Buchanie, Mrs Cameron said: “It happened so fast, I just remember falling quickly and my glasses and phone went flying, but a worker from the council very kindly ran over the road and helped me up.

“I thought I’d be ok but I started hobbling and the pain was so bad I started crying.

“I tried to walk home but had to phone a taxi.”

Mrs Cameron’s neighbour, Jodie Aiken, took her to Peterhead Hospital where she discovered her knee was fractured.

She added: “Luckily I didn’t tear any ligaments but I have to go back soon and if it isn’t better I may have to get a full leg cast and I don’t want that.

“I will have to get a taxi everywhere as I don’t have a car and I can’t walk as it is agony.

“Jodie phoned the council after it happened and they were very apologetic but if they did their job right this wouldn’t have happened.”

Speaking about the state of the pavements Mrs Cameron said: “There were no signs up so it wasn’t clear that there was work going on and I can’t believe they didn’t have boards to cover up the pavements - it’s not safe to just leave them.

“What if this had happened to a pensioner? They have far more brittle bones than me.”

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident that took place on Friday, August 22, during which a pedestrian fell at some ongoing works at Balmoor Terrace, Peterhead.

“The pedestrian appears not to have used the alternative route indicated which avoided the works although the closed footway was prepared ready for the final layers of surface and was in a reasonable condition for walking on.

“On seeing the incident, workers did help the pedestrian to her feet after which she left the site unaided.”