Recycle lorry overturns in seaside village

Vehicle rolls down a hill and hits a kerb before flipping over

A RECYCLING lorry could be headed for the recycle centre itself after overturning in Woolacombe earlier this afternoon (Tuesday).

Eye witnesses said the vehicle’s handbrake appeared to fail while making kerbside collections on Sandy Lane at around 2.15pm.

The diver is thought to have jumped back into the lorry in an attempt to reapply the handbrake and stop it from rolling down the hill before shouting to his colleagues to jump clear.

The vehicle rolled back towards the junction with Beach Road and hit a kerb before overturning and spilling broken glass all over the road.


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Andrew Woodman, who works in the Londis shop in West Road, said he heard a loud crash before running out to see what had happened.

“It was lucky it hit the kerb as it would have crashed right into the new Funder Island theme park,” he said.

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“I think one of the men was taken to hospital as a precaution.”

North Devon Council, which runs the local kerbside collection service, confirmed that there were no serious injuries and that a clean up and recovery operation was under way.

“Our works and recycling service manager is at the scene and assessing the situation,” said a spokesperson.

A fire crew from the village said that the lorry had collided with the perimeter wall of the Narracott Hotel.

A spokesperson said: “There was one male casualty involved suffering from minor injuries but he was not trapped. He was conveyed to hospital by land ambulance.

“The fire crew made the vehicle safe using small tools and assisted highways with recovery of the vehicle.”

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