Man seriously injured after being crushed while trying to help lorry reportedly stuck in narrow road

A man is recovering is hospital after reportedly being crushed by a lorry trapped in a narrow road. The C186 at Raylees, near Elsdon, Northumberland, was closed for three hours on Monday as a man was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary after being rescued from underneath the HGV. According to local county councillor Steven Bridgett, the extremely narrow road, off the A696, is often used by lorries, despite weight restrictions being in place.

He said local reports suggested the injured man had been trying to help extricate the vehicle, which was too large to drive down a section of the road. “It’s a dangerous place for the residents there,” he said. “Despite being told not to use it, large vehicles drive down the road – people often have to help them when they get stuck.”

Rothbury Councillor Steven Bridgett

A spokesperson for the North East ambulance service said: “We received a call at 11.18 on Monday morning to an RTC on the C186 at Raylees, to a male patient trapped under a lorry.

We sent two ambulances and the patient was taken to the RVI with back injuries.”

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A spokesperson for Northumbria Police added: “At 11.25am Monday we received a report a pedestrian had been hit by a lorry in Elsdon, Northumberland. “Officers and emergency services attended and a 48-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries not believed to be life threatening. “The road was closed for around three hours while emergency services were in attendance.”

Coun Bridgett called for improved signs and measures to prevent large vehicles from using the road.

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“They are going to have to do something in the short term, and in the long term, to stop lorries using that road,” he said. “We can’t have a repeat of what happened on Monday.” A spokesperson for Northumberland County Council said: “We are aware of incidents in Raylees of large lorries using this road and there are signs in place.

“We are meeting with the parish council this week to see what further measures could be put in place to improve road safety.”

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