Brush with death

BACK home to a life he never thought he'd see again, trucker Bob Mortimer today spoke for the first time of the crash which left him inches from death. His voice trembled with emotion and pain as he recalled the moments when the cab of the lorry he was driving plunged 40ft down a railway embankment from the A137 at Lawford.

By Tracey Sparling

BACK home to a life he never thought he'd see again, trucker Bob Mortimer today spoke for the first time of the crash which left him inches from death.

His voice trembled with emotion and pain as he recalled the moments when the cab of the lorry he was driving plunged 40ft down a railway embankment from the A137 at Lawford.

He managed to escape seconds before a freight train carrying hazardous chemicals sliced into it, leaving the spot where he had been sitting, a mangled wreck of twisted metal.


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The 47-year-old, who lives in Charlottes, Washbrook, is still virtually bedridden after suffering a broken pelvis, which needed bone grafts to repair the damage.

He is still in severe pain, can hardly get out of bed, and is not allowed to stand for three months.

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