Man taken to hospital after crane crash

A car driver has been taken to hospital after his soft-top Mercedes was involved in a crash with a stationary articulated lorry. The truck, mounted with a large crane, are often used to deliver building materials. The accident happened at around 9.55am today, Wednesday, September 4, in Egginton Road between the villages of Etwall and Egginton.

Police closed the road while they dealt with the incident. The driver of the classic silver SLK Mercedes convertible sports car has been taken to hospital. It is believed there was no-one in the lorry at the time, which was parked on the road near houses on the lane.

While emergencies services were at the scene, including an ambulance, traffic on the lane was halted, with drivers in the area told to find alternative routes. Traffic was allowed to past the scene of the crash by 12.15pm. The car was recovered, taken away on the back of a lorry, soon afterwards and the road was reopened totally just after 12.30pm.

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Helen Louise said on Facebook that she was travelling in the car behind the Mercedes and called the emergency services after it happened.

She said: “I was the car behind the vehicle in the crash and the woman who called it into the emergency services. It was at 9.35am not that that matters but hopefully this gentleman will be ok and all the rest is material and can be fixed or replaced. “Very shaken still from what happened but it makes you realise how quickly things can change.

Things could have been so much worse.” A man, asked to be known as just Kev, was walking his dog in the area and said: “I didn’t see it happen or anything, but I heard the screeching of brakes and a loud bang. I was quite a way down the road though so it must have been loud for me to hear it.

The lorry involved in the crash

“I’ve also seen an ambulance come and go on blue lights so I hope everyone involved is OK.

“It’s not nice when things like this happen. The thing is it’s a 50mph road as well so there’s a good chance they could have been going at some speed.” A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 10.02 hours on 4 September to Egginton Road.

The caller reported that there had been a car involved in a road traffic collision.

“We sent an ambulance and took one patient to Royal Derby Hospital.”

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