Truck driver in crane terror at port

A TRUCKER narrowly escaped horrific injury after his lorry was lifted off the ground by an enormous crane in a terrifying incident at Felixstowe port.

By Richard Cornwell

A TRUCKER narrowly escaped horrific injury after his lorry was lifted off the ground by an

enormous crane in a terrifying incident at Felixstowe port.

The Evening Star can today reveal details of the incident during which the driver found his lorry lifted 10ft after a bolt on one of the twistlocks holding the container on to his trailer failed to work.


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The drama happened just as the High Court in London was hearing about a similar accident.

As port chiefs heard they would be paying around £250,000 compensation to Derek Mayes, who suffered severe brain damage after his lorry was picked up and fell more than 20ft, another driver was facing the same situation.

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In the latest incident, it is understood a bolt which had been undone sprang back into place, which meant that when the rubber-tyred gantry crane lifted the box, it lifted the whole lorry – cab and trailer.

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