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Driver cut free from cab at port

PUBLISHED: 16:37 14 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

A LORRY driver had to be cut free from his cab at the Port of Felixstowe today after his truck was crushed by a container in an horrific road accident.

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By Richard Cornwell

richard.cornwell@ecng.co.uk

A LORRY driver had to be cut free from his cab at the Port of Felixstowe today after his truck was crushed by a container in an horrific road accident.

There was nothing the trucker could do as the heavy box came off a port road train and smashed into his articulated lorry – leaving him trapped and in pain from his injuries.

Port chiefs launched an immediate investigation after the incident, which happened on Trinity Terminal in the early hours of this morning.

The trucker was taken to Ipswich Hospital for treatment once he was freed from his crushed cab. It is believed he suffered leg injuries but a port spokesman said it was understood the injuries were not life threatening.

The incident happened as a road train, a motorised tug carrying boxes to and from the quays and container parks, had an accident on one of the park's internal roads.

Its trailer overturned and spilled the box, which collided with the T-reg heavy goods vehicle waiting in its space for loading and unloading.

Port corporate affairs manager Paul Davey said the port's emergency services were immediately called to the scene of the accident and attended to the lorry driver, who was freed and taken to hospital.

"We cannot comment on the extent of his injuries but we understand they are not life threatening. The driver of the road train was not injured," said Mr Davey.

"An investigation into the cause of the accident is being undertaken by port officials."

Safety is of paramount importance at the port and the port owners Hutchison Whampoa spend millions of pounds each year on training and safety work.

For such a busy environment, with 2.7 million container movements a year and 30,000 lorries visiting every week, they say it has a good safety record.

There is constant liaison with Health and Safety Executive officials to make sure all procedures are followed.

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