Pensioner rushed to hospital with serious head injuries after being hit by a truck

An 85-year-old man has been rushed to hospital after he was hit by a truck. Police were called just after 3.45pm after the man, aged 85, was hit by the vehicle on Market Place in  Heckmondwike  . Several ambulances were at the scene and the air ambulance was called but it’s not clear if it was used.

The victim was a pedestrian and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

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A witness at the scene told the Examiner he was shocked when he saw the man lying in the road. He said people rushed over to help him and a motorist pulled over and rang 999. He added that a member of the public covered the man with a blanket before a first response vehicle arrived followed by an ambulance.

Kirklees Council has confirmed the vehicle involved was not a bin truck – the casualty was hit by a large vehicle. The bin truck at the scene is understood to have blocked the road to allow the emergency crews to get access. A west Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “Yorkshire Ambulance Service confirmed it sent two Rapid Response Vehicles, two ambulances, the Hazardous Area Response Team and the air ambulance

“The patient was taken to LGI by land.” A police cordon remains in place more than three hours after the incident. If there’s something you’ve noticed and want us to check out then please feel free to get in touch – you can call us on 01484 437712, email editorial@examiner.co.uk or tweet @Examiner.

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