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Lorry Driver Has Lucky Escape After Collision

Tuesday January 14 2014

Photo by Karina Green Photo by Karina Green

A LORRY driver had a lucky escape after a metal rod pierced his windscreen following a collision in Barnsley.

The driver crashed into the back of a flatbed truck which was carrying the rods, as he made his way to Armstrong's Beds on Summer Lane to make a delivery.

The impact pushed the flatbed into the car in front and the two cars in front of that were also shunted.

The Dodworth Road incident, which happened at about 3pm on January 7, was attended by several police cars and ambulances.

Six people were taken to Barnsley Hospital with minor injuries, including the lorry driver.

The road was completely closed until about 4pm, when the lane heading towards the motorway was re-opened.

Sgt Richard Wilson, who attended the scene, said six people from three of the vehicles were taken to hospital.

He said: "They're weren't seriously injured, but we took two people out using back straps just to make sure there were no serious injuries because they were complaining of back pain.

"It was a relatively minor road traffic collision but our policing colleagues are investigating.

"There are adverse weather conditions and heavy traffic conditions but all we can suggest at this stage is that we're looking to see if there's any blame."

John Armstrong, owner of Armstrong's Beds Centre, said he was contacted by The Shire Bed Company to say their driver had been involved in a crash on Dodworth Road.

He added: "I went up in my van but couldn't get anywhere near.

"The driver had already been taken to hospital but a police officer told me he'd said the brakes had failed and that he'd not been happy with the vehicle when he set off."

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Reply Posted by me on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 16:37
If he wasn't happy with the brakes then why did he set off. He should ave refused to take th vehicle out.

Reply Posted by me on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 16:58
I would have refused to take it out and asked for anther vehile

Reply Posted by hmm on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 18:55
Why wasn't the driver arrested for dangerous driving when he admitted to police that he was knowingly driving a dangerous vehicle with no brakes which led to 6 people being in hospital?

Reply Posted by Ste on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 19:01
@hmm why did the lorry driver need to be ARRESTED there and then when he can be reported on summons to court at a later date when the investigations fully complete?

Reply Posted by damo on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 21:42
If vehicles not fit you dont take it same with bus drivers at some companys extreme pressures put on drivers ie drive it or lose your job tell vosa and they do nothing at all

Reply Posted by workaholic on Wednesday January 15 2014 at 01:02
Workers are put under pressure . The fault goes back to the company . If i was vosa i would want to see the regular service records there supposed to do !!!

Reply Posted by anno on Wednesday January 15 2014 at 09:49
Maybe they didn't arrest him because he DIDN'T say that! And, why would the police tell a bystander what he had said anyway, even if he did? Perhaps it was just a road traffic accident and he wasn't endangering anyone deliberately. And all you commenters who probably drive, if you've never had an accident or come close to one, then you're very lucky people.