Tesco lorry driver's lucky escape after crashing into 3.5 TONNES of scaffolding

A main road was shut for nearly three hours after a Tesco delivery lorry hit scaffolding, which came crashing down on top of it. Emergency services were called to Bury Street in Heywood shortly before 3pm on Thursday afternoon. The HGV collided with the scaffolding near the Tesco Express store following a delivery and an estimated 3.5 tonnes fell down.

It landed on the lorry’s roof but thankfully the driver was uninjured and no passersby were hurt either. Firefighters from Heywood station and the technical rescue unit from Leigh were called to assist police and help make the scene safe. It was decided it was not safe to lift the heavy poles, so a crane was sent to move them.

The road remained closed well into evening rush hour and although there was a diversion along Pilsworth Road, traffic was heavier than usual. Once the scaffolding was removed the lorry was taken away.

The HGV collided with the scaffolding near the Tesco Express store

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Watch manager Andy Doel, from Heywood fire station, said: “A lorry had made a delivery to Tesco and as it was leaving it clipped the scaffolding and managed to pull it down on the vehicle. “Luckily neither the driver or any passers by were injured, there was quite a weight, 3.5tn of scaffolding.

We decided the best and safest way to remove the scaffolding was to wait for a heavy lifting machine. “We had quite a big cordon, people were coming and going to have a look. It is a busy thoroughfare so it caused quite a bit of disruption to Heywood.”

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A police spokesman said: “We were called at around 2.55pm to reports of a collision involving a lorry and scaffolding on Bury Street, Heywood.

There were no reported injuries.” Tesco has been contacted for comment. Got a story or an issue you want us to investigate?

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