A COUNTRYSIDE stroll turned to disaster for Tomos Whittle-Williams when his parked car rolled into the canal.
The accident near Llangollen – which has been blamed on the handbrake cable of his Toyota vehicle snapping – completed a week of rotten luck for him.
Just days earlier the 27-year-old – from Water Street in Caerwys – was told the factory where he works at Creative Foods on Aber Park in Flint, could close.
Tomos’ mother, Pam Williams, said: “For him it really has been a dreadful week.
“Tomos has been at Creative Foods for eight years. He is a machine minder, has a lot of friends there and really enjoys it.
“He started the week by hearing his job is under threat and then on Friday his car accidentally went into the canal at Froncysyllte.”
Pam said her son was enjoying a walk at the aqueduct with his girlfriend, Jayne Roberts, of Hightown, when the accident happened.
“They had parked up and then gone for a walk,” said Pam.
“A man who had parked near to them heard a snap as the handbrake cable broke and then the car rolled down from the parking area into the canal.
“The man ran down along the aqueduct to tell them what had happened.
“The police had been called and they arrived. A tow truck came and got Tomos' car out.
“It was waterlogged and has been extensively damaged.
“For this to happen on top of the possibility of the factory closing is quite a blow for him.”
Everton FC fan Tomos said: “I would like to say thanks to the police for their help and the support of everyone who was there.
“It hasn’t been a good week. I’ll have to see what is happening regarding work. The car is a write-off, I’m buying another one now because I need it to get to work. It is another Toyota.”
Marjorie Crosbie, who lives alongside the canal at Froncysyllte, said: “I didn't see the car go into water, but I did see it floating in the canal.
“There were lots of people around. No one was hurt.”
Steve Smith, co-owner of the nearby Aqueduct Inn, said: “A tour boat full of people came and that is the point in the canal where he turns round.
“The man managed to manoeuvre around the car in the water.”