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Dame Janet Trotter in hospital after Cotswold crash
THE Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Dame Janet Trotter is recovering in hospital after crashing her car in the Cotswolds.
Police were called at about 1.20pm on Saturday to the A429 at Beacon Stow after a black Land Rover left the road and collided with a tree.
The 69-year-old was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening or changing.
It is expected she will be unable to perform her duties as Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire for several weeks after suffering a broken ankle.
Pete Bungard, chief executive of Gloucestershire County Council, said: "We were very saddened to learn that Dame Janet has been involved in a car accident over the weekend and will not be undertaking her civic duties for the next few weeks.
"We wish her a rapid recovery and understand that Dame Janet is recovering well and expects to return home in the next few days."
Robert Bernays, Vice-Lord Lieutenant, who is taking on the major events on Dame Janet's diary until she has recovered, said she was doing well.
"She is cheerful and hopes to be home later in the week,” he said. "She will not be able to resume her duties for some time because of mobility problems - her injuries include a broken ankle and she will have to rest it.”
Dame Janet, who became Lord Lieutenant in 2010, is former vice-chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, and chairwoman of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust.
The Lord Lieutenant's duties include planning and conducting all Royal visits to Gloucestershire as well as representing the county at a huge range of events each year.
Her other public duties include being president of Age UK Gloucestershire, chairman of the Foundation for Church Leadership and chairman of child bereavement charity Winston's Wish
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