Ben Fogle reveals he ‘almost died’ in horrific road accident as he issues desperate plea after his two children also came close to being injured

Ben Fogle reveals he ‘almost died’ in horrific road accident as he issues desperate plea after his two children also came close to being injured



Ben Fogle almost died this week after being nearly hit by a delivery lorry near his home in the village of Fawley outside Henley, Oxfordshire.

The shaken TV adventurer, 50, said his “life flashed before my eyes” as the delivery driver “rounded a blind bend, pulled out his breaks and skidded to a stop just feet from me and my dog.”

In a lengthy Instagram post on Friday, Ben issued a desperate plea for the council to reduce the speed limit from 60mph to 20mph, as he recalled how his two teenage children also came close to being injured on the road.

Recalling his near-death experience, the broadcaster said: “I almost died yesterday. Not on Mount Everest or in some remote forest. Not on the ocean or in the desert, but on a single little track outside my house in the Oxfordshire countryside.”

“Given the things I’ve done and the risks I’ve taken, it’s a bit ironic that my near-death experience should have happened so close to home. Let me explain…

Ben Fogle “nearly died” this week after being nearly hit by a delivery van near his home in the village of Fowley outside Henley, Oxfordshire.
In a long Instagram post, he explained what terrifyingly happened while walking one of his six dogs, when the car narrowly missed the beloved pet.

“I was running along the road with my dog ​​by my side. I don’t run along the road because I want to run on the road but most of the land is private. I run along the road because it’s the only way to get to the fewer paths and trails.

“A delivery driver was driving 60mph, which is perfectly legal, but clearly dangerous, as he swerved around one of several blind turns, pulled over and skidded to a stop just a few feet from me and my dog.

“My life flashed before my eyes. Just like when my boat capsized in the Atlantic Ocean and when my oxygen bottle exploded on Mount Everest, but that was while I was walking the dogs outside my house.

Ben described the village, which is inhabited by several hundred people, as “idyllic with children, dogs, horses, farmers and a thriving social community.”

The presenter, who has six dogs and is married to wife Marna, started a petition to reduce the current speed limit from 60mph to 20mph before a fatality occurred after fathering his two children, son Ludo, 15, and daughter Iona, 13. year, also near misses on separate occasions.

“While my daughter rides her pony along the road because it’s the only way to get into fewer lanes, delivery drivers race at the legal 60mph around blind turns to meet home delivery time goals,” he said.

“While my son rode his dog bike, day visitors blindly followed the sat nav and the 60mph speed limit march along the single-lane pavement, sorry for the road.”

“The only way I can access the limited footpaths is on the same single-lane road I have to share with 60mph delivery drivers.

The presenter started a petition to reduce the current speed limit of 60mph to 20mph on the road his wife and teenage daughter regularly travel on horses
Ben shared photos of his family on the one-lane road and told how blind spots and high speeds meant they had some near misses
He went on to claim that his two children had also come close to being injured due to the area’s current speed limit of 60mph (LR) Iona, 13, Ludo, 15,

In a lengthy post, Ben explained how the accident occurred while out walking one of his six dogs, with the car narrowly missing the beloved pet.
Ben, who shares his children with wife Marina, made a desperate plea to reduce the current pace, saying it was “common sense” before a death occurred.
“I almost died yesterday,” he wrote in a lengthy post. “Not on Mount Everest or in some remote forest. It wasn’t on the ocean or in the desert, but on a small single track outside my house in Oxfordshire.”
The TV adventurer said it was “ironic” that this did not happen during one of his trips into the forest or desert (pictured in the Scottish Highlands).

Ben said no changes would be made until a serious incident occurred (Henley Village pictured)

“I love living here in this idyllic rural area, but I don’t want to die because our local council doesn’t see fit to implement a 20mph limit for a community that relies on the road as our pavement either.

We have imposed a speed limit of 20 mph in places that already have sidewalks. I’m a risk taker, so I don’t say this lightly. Someone will be killed in our village. Both of my children have had close encounters with speeding traffic.

He added: ‘We are not alone. There are countless other hamlets that also live with 60 mph speed limits in the heart of their community. This is common sense. Our local consultant has tried to no avail. Please help us, before we lose someone.

He then commented on the post saying that a Buckinghamshire Council cabinet member for transport guidance said the speed limit was “set in accordance with the department’s transport guidelines”.

He concluded that no changes would be made until a serious accident occurred.

The petition, which runs through May, has garnered nearly 3,000 signatures.

Sharing photos of himself and his family on the road, he wrote: “Here are some family photos of us walking along the sidewalk we share with cars, trucks and lorries going 60mph.”

“The only way to move through our village is via the road. We have had many near misses.

The dogs were run over and the horses spooked. We have had accidents and collisions between cyclists, but this is not enough for Buckinghamshire Council to respect the village’s calls to reduce the speed limit.

“We need as many signatures as possible before they act.”

MailOnline has contacted Buckinghamshire Council for comment.

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