Lorry driver careers into ditch near Ely - happily he escaped injury

Dramatic scenes from the A142 south of Ely yesterday evening (23rd January 2018) when a heavy goods

Dramatic scenes from the A142 south of Ely yesterday evening (23rd January 2018) when a heavy goods vehicle left the highway PHOTO: East Cambs Police - Credit: Archant

A lorry driver had a lucky escape last night when his truck left the road and entered a ditch on the A142 south of Ely.

Dramatic scenes from the A142 south of Ely yesterday evening (23rd January 2018) when a heavy goods

Dramatic scenes from the A142 south of Ely yesterday evening (23rd January 2018) when a heavy goods vehicle left the highway PHOTO: East Cambs Police - Credit: Archant

Emergency services received a 999 call at 4.30pm from a member of the public when the truck left the road and entered the adjacent ditch while travelling towards Soham.

A police spokesman said: “Thankfully the driver of the lorry was uninjured.”

Police, ambulance and highways officers worked with a private recovery agent to help remove the wagon from the verge. Extensive damage has been caused to the hedgerow and field boundary.

PC Steve Glibly, who attended the scene, said: “Thankfully it wasn’t nearly as dramatic as it looked.


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“There is damage to the lorry, and to the perimeter of the field but importantly the driver was ok, and the traffic disturbance didn’t grind the A142 to a halt”

The HGV was removed at 8pm.

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PC Gilbey said: “All of the emergency services involved are grateful to the considerate drivers who passed the scene with due care.

“The risk of a secondary incident in such circumstances can be substantial.”

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