A DAIRY farmer has been fined by a court after mud left on a road led to a two-car smash.
Michael Day, 66, of Trevibban Farm, St Issey, pleaded guilty by post to a charge of depositing mud on the highway and was fined £90 with £60 costs and a £20 surcharge by Bodmin magistrates on Monday.
Terry Eastwood, for the prosecution, said that PC Stratton had been called to an accident involving two vehicles on the B3274 on November 16. A Renault Clio was on the wrong side of the road with extensive damage to its front and roof and a Toyota van was embedded in a stone wall about 100 metres away.
The officer noticed that there was thick compacted mud on the road and two tractor tracks coming from a nearby field. Conditions were extremely muddy due to recent heavy rain.
The driver of the Toyota said he had lost traction on the muddy surface. The Clio's driver had tried to take avoiding action but the Toyota landed on the roof of the Clio before becoming embedded in the wall, said Mr Eastwood.
He said the injuries to both drivers had been relatively minor given the serious damage caused to both vehicles.
Day, the owner of the field, said he had employed contractors to harvest maize for feed from the field and had also arranged for contractors to sweep the road of mud. "Obviously on this occasion that had not taken place," said Mr Eastwood.
In a letter to the court from Day's solicitors, it was stated that he apologised and accepted responsibility for the work of the contractors.
Cleaning the road had been difficult due to the large numbers of vehicles using it. Some drivers not had not stopped for the work to be done and had become abusive to contractors. On the night before the accident there had again been heavy rain and this had spread the mud.
As soon as he was told what had happened, Day arranged for equipment to be used to clean the road.