January 22, 2016
Lorry driver's good deed leads to accident near Burnham-On-Sea

The driver of this articulated lorry was lucky to escape without injury after his vehicle toppled into a ditch near Burnham-On-Sea last night (Thursday).

Police and fire crews were called to the 16-wheeler Scandia lorry in River Road between Burtle and East Huntspill amid initial concerns that the driver was trapped.

Driver John Paul said it had been a "heart stopping moment" when the lorry collapsed into the ditch, leaving his cab perched in the air, as pictured here.

"I was trying do a good deed by pulling over to let the traffic behind me pass, but the soft verge gave way and the lorry was pulled into the ditch," he told

"I am gutted it's happened, but the people in the vehicles were wonderful and contacted the police and checked that I was OK."

Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater and Glastonbury initially attended the scene and crews made the surrounding area safe.

The lorry was left in a precarious position, making it challenging work for the recovery crews.

They worked for several hours overnight to pull the lorry from the ditch and recover its load of wood chippings.


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