Runaway lorry leaves trail of destruction at Five Lane Ends, Idle (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Witness describes drama after driver was taken ill at wheel
An out-of-control truck smashed into parked cars, uprooted a lamppost and careered across one of Bradford’s busiest roundabouts before crashing through a wall and coming to rest in a flowerbed at a retail park.
Colin Moore, an eyewitness to the accident, described it as “absolutely frightening” to watch and said it was by God’s grace no-one had been hit by the vehicle as the rush-hour drama unfolded on Bradford Road at Five Lane Ends.
“How it didn’t kill anybody, I don’t know,” said Mr Moore. “Fortunately there was nobody around.”
The truck came to rest at the Wickes car park after its driver was believed to have been taken ill at the wheel, a spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said.
He said the driver of the red Scania vehicle was not believed to have been seriously injured in the accident but was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary where his condition was yesterday described as stable.
A spokesman for the fire crew from Idle that attended the accident said the truck, which the spokesman described as a seven- tonne heavy goods vehicle, had come off the road at the roundabout entrance to Wickes, in Bradford Road, at about 8am.
He said it crashed through a low wall before coming to rest on a raised flowerbed in the DIY store’s car park.
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