CALLS have been made to reinstate a disabled walkway at Killicomaine after a man suffered severe leg injuries.
Graham Mitchell from Ulsterville Park, said it was a deathtrap and someone was going to be seriously hurt.
Mr Mitchell, aged 42, had been returning home from the Festival Road area on Christmas Eve and was using his regular route. However he had no idea the disable rampway had been removed.
With no lighting coming from the playing fields nearby, he slipped on the sodden heap of loose mud and heard a pop. “I realised I had damaged my foot,” he said.
Graham tried to stand up but he couldn’t. In the darkness he grappled for his mobile phone and called his friend who was able to come to his rescue ten minutes later.
Mr Mitchell, who is a salesman at Walsall Electrical Wholesalers in Portadown, was rushed to Craigavon Area Hospital where he spent the Christmas period having been diagnosed with multiple fractures.
Housebound and in a cast, Graham is still nursing two fractures on this tibia and one on his fibula.
He is in a cast from his toes to his knee and has been unable to work since his injury.
Initially he was told it could take 12 weeks to recover but the doctors decided to just put pins in his tibia and hope the fibula will heal itself. Hence healing time could be reduced to six weeks. However the doctors told him he would have trouble with his foot and leg for the rest of his life.
This injury has also meant he is out of pocket as though he has full pay, he is missing out on overtime and bonuses.
“It was not nice spending Christmas in hospital,” said Graham.
Ironically the walkway which was removed was a disabled access concrete path with railings.
Now it is a mucky mound of earth.
It is a commonly-trod route between the densely populated maze of houses at Festival Road and Ulsterville Park.
Graham estimates that around a dozen people an hour would use that route and he has had plenty of time to assess as he rests his broken leg and looks at the walkway from his living room window.
Currently there are major works going on at Killicomaine Community Centre.
Mr Mitchell is angry that there was no warning that the walkway was to be removed.
Though he uses the route regularly he had not been along that way for about a week or two before his accident.
“I think that area should be made safe.
“There are lots of children and elderly people who use that area.
“It’s only a matter of time before someone slips again and falls. Next time it could be more serious. It’s a death trap,” he said.
“It really should be a paved properly or even gravel put down. It has always been a walkway and it should be made safe.”
Roads Service and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive both said it was not their property.
A spokesperson for Craigavon Council was asked for a comment however we received no response at the time of going to press.