Driver's lucky escape as lorry overturns on busy road

Oswestry | News | Published:

A lorry driver had a lucky escape today when his vehicle crashed through a fence and came to a rest on its side on one of Shropshire's busiest roads.

The lorry which ended up on its side in a field after coming off the road on the A483 at Upper Sweeney near Oswestry today

The 49-year-old driver from Doncaster did not want to be named, but said he was uninjured but shaken by the crash, which happened on the A483 at Upper Sweeney, near Oswestry.

The white lorry had come off the road, crashed through a brown fence and came to a rest in a green field shortly before 5.30am. It was travelling in towards Welshpool.

Police, fire and ambulance crews rushed to the scene and the road was partially blocked for about half an hour while the vehicle was made safe.

Recovery work was set to be carried out later today which was expected to cause delays.

Police officers at the scene said the driver was awaiting recovery of the vehicle before his return to Doncaster.

Jon Duncan, a motorist who was passing the scene on his way to work in Oswestry from his home in Pant, said: "I couldn't believe it coming around the corner to see a lorry just at the side of the road in a field.

"It is pleasing to hear that the driver is fine because it looks like it could have been nasty, it demolished the fence at the side of the road and there appears to be wood sticking out of the front of the lorry cab."

A spokesman for Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service said one appliance from Oswestry, one from Ellesmere and an officer from Shrewsbury attended the scene.

He said: "We were called at 5.27am to a road traffic collision involving one large goods vehicle.

"The occupant of the vehicle was found not to be trapped upon arrival of fire service personnel who made the vehicle safe."

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