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Woman dies in freak tragedy ‘after getting caught in automatic garage door while visiting friend’

A middle-aged woman has died in front of her horrified friend after reportedly getting caught in an electric garage door. The victim, understood to be in her 30s, is believed to have been visiting her female pal in Cambridge at the time of the tragedy. She is thought to have got into difficulty while accessing the automatic rolling shutters to a private parking basement [1] last night. Paramedics [2] were called to the Ruth Bagnall Court apartment complex in Coleridge Road after the distraught friend began screaming for help. The victim, who was found ‘hanging’ off the ground, was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman died in front of her horrified friend after reportedly getting caught in an electric garage door It is currently unclear whether she was leaving or entering the car park when the disaster occurred at around 7pm. Today, shaken residents described how they saw the woman’s feet dangling off the ground after hearing her friend’s screams. One woman, who lives in the block but does not wish to be named, said: “I came outside because I saw the woman crying. Read More “I said ‘what’s the matter?’ and she said something had happened and she needed help. “I went to look in the garage and saw her legs hanging. It was not a sight to want to remember. It was horrific and I’m doing my best to forget it.” A man, who also lives at the site, said: “I do not think she lived here. She was visiting a friend I believe. The middle-aged victim is believed to have been visiting her female pal at the time of the tragedy “She was hanging, that’s all I saw. It is a horrible situation. I saw it and it wasn’t nice.” The woman’s friend is believed to live at the four-storey black, which houses 72 flats. The complex was built in 2004 as part of a 10.5million housing scheme to provide housing for key workers such as teachers and fire fighters. Read More Following their completion, the block was named after former Cambridge Labour councillor Ruth Bagnall, 38, who died from breast cancer in April 2004 after devoting her career to housing issues. Most of the flats are now privately owned and are worth around 190,000, and many are rented out to private tenants who pay around 800-per-month in rent. The block is managed by housing company Luminus. The woman is thought to have got into difficulty while accessing the automatic rolling shutters Today, residents claimed the firm were slow at fixing problems. One man added: “I have lived here for five years and that door is always breaking. There is an automatic key fob that sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. “I don’t know how she got into trouble but the door is automatic and is supposed to stop when it catches on something for safety purposes.” Read More Another woman, who does not wish to be named, said: “I’ve been here for three years and there’s always problems. “The garage door to the car parking is always breaking, so are the doors to the block of flats and people are always stealing bikes.” The complex was built in 2004 as part of a 10.5million housing scheme The emergency services, including police, paramedics, firefighters and an air ambulance, were called to the scene following the tragedy. A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a sudden death of a woman in Ruth Bagnall Court, Coleridge Road, Cambridge at about 7.30pm on Sunday. “The incident has been referred to the Health and Safety Executive.” A spokesman for East of England Ambulance Service, said: “We were called at 7.25pm on Sunday after reports of a woman unconscious and not breathing. “Sadly there was nothing that could be done for the patient and she died at the scene. “The woman is believed to be in her 40s.” Mirror Online has contacted Luminus for comment. References ^ parking basement (www.mirror.co.uk) ^ Paramedics (www.mirror.co.uk)

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Trucker jailed for causing crash that killed policewoman seconds after he opened text message

A lorry driver has been jailed for causing a crash that killed a police [1] officer after a court heard he opened a text message seconds before the horror smash. Danny Warby, 28, was driving a light goods vehicle along the A141 in Cambridgeshire when it veered into oncoming traffic, Peterborough Crown Court [2] heard. It clipped an oncoming lorry and showered two cars with debris before crashing into a Renault Clio driven by Cambridgeshire Police [3] officer Sharon Garrett, 48. The married mum of two, who was on her way home from work, was pronounced dead at the scene on June 6 2014. Read More PA Detective Constable Sharon Garrett Warby, of School Road, Runcton Holme, King s Lynn, denied causing death by dangerous driving [4] but was convicted by unanimous verdict after a nine-day trial. Today was jailed for six years and banned from driving for 10 years. He had opened a text message seconds before the crash and had no hands-free kit in his lorry, said prosecutor Helen Guest. PA Warby has previous convictions for drink driving After the verdict, she revealed Warby had previous convictions for drink-driving [5] in 2011 and for using a mobile phone while driving and driving without a seatbelt. Judge Stuart Bridge said: This is a very serious offence with hugely tragic consequences and an immediate custodial sentence is inevitable. As Warby was led down to the cells when he was convicted last month, there was a shout from the public gallery of: Danny, keep your chin up, I love you boy. PA The mum of two was on her way home from work when she was killed The fatal crash happened close to RAF Wyton, near Huntingdon. Read More Warby had completed several short journeys that day in the lorry which was carrying a crane and construction materials. The final journey, which ended in the crash, totalled less than one and a half miles. Warby was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea in late 2015 and his defence lawyers argued that he had experienced a micro-sleep just before the crash. References ^ police (www.mirror.co.uk) ^ Crown Court (www.mirror.co.uk) ^ Cambridgeshire Police (www.mirror.co.uk) ^ dangerous driving (www.mirror.co.uk) ^ drink-driving (www.mirror.co.uk)

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Alien gets tighter turning circle for concrete mixer

Cheadle-based Alien Concrete & Transport has taken delivery of a new Putzmeister concrete mixer mounted on the UK s first 32-tonne Range C430 Tridem 8×4 Renault truck. Above: Alien Concrete & Transport has taken delivery of the UK s first Renault Trucks 32-tonne Range C430 Tridem 8×4 complete with a 9m concrete mixer body Delivering to construction sites across the country, the Range C Tridem s configuration has a lifting and steering rear axle. This makes it easier to manoeuvre in tight access locations, with a tighter turning circle than conventional eight-wheelers. With its 9m Putzmeister concrete mixer body and a Day & Night cab, the new mixer joins Alien s mixed fleet of 10 six- and eight-wheelers, including a standard 32-tonne Range C430 8×4. Alien Concrete & Transport managing director Keith Wiles said: We need good versatility on site, and in tight spaces our standard eight-wheelers can struggle, but the Range C Tridem allows us to run a larger capacity drum with all the manoeuvrability of a 6×4 to places not normally accessible with an eight-wheeler. Further Images This article was published on 9 Sep 2016 (last updated on 9 Sep 2016).