Driver left 'devastated' after truck and two trailers fall into River Cam

A driver was left ‘devastated’ after a truck and two trailers fell into the River Cam earlier today (April 3). The truck, which belonged to a broadband contractor, sunk into the river just outside Magdalene Boat House, along with two trailers, at around 1pm near Midsummer Common this afternoon.

The truck was barely visibleThe truck was barely visible

A trailer, which was visible, was being held by another truck to stop it from drifting further into the river. No-one was in the truck or hurt when it submerged.

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Paul Knights, who looks after the boats for Queens’ and Magdalene College Boat Clubs, said: “Contractors are on the site installing the cable for broadband.

“One of their vehicles was at the front of the boat house.

Onlookers stopped to watch the recovery in actionOnlookers stopped to watch the recovery in action

“Obviously they didn’t have the handbrake on, so it gradually rolled into the river. “At the same time, clipping the other end of another trailer outside the boat house and has put the vehicle and the trailer in the river.

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“The only damage is probably to the trailer. “That vehicle will be useless now.”

The driver said the handbrake was on but the truck still rolled into the River Cam

However, the driver, who was visibly distraught at the scene, said that he left the handbrake on.

He said: “I’m devastated. The handbrake was on, but the truck just rolled into the river.” Colin Sparkes, navigation officer for the Cam Conservators, who was on the scene, said: “There’s not a lot we can do.

The truck sinks into the CamThe truck sinks into the Cam

“We’re going to put a marker buoy nearby because from a navigational point of view its a hazard [for other boaters].”

Martin Kirtley, from WFL vehicle recovery, was called to the scene after the truck and trailers were found submerged.

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“This could go on well into the night.”

Ratcliffe & Son, a heavy vehicle recovery specialist, has been called.

It is believed the truck and trailers could be recovered as late as tomorrow.

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