Driver congratulated after lorry gets stuck in village in Cornwall

The driver of a lorry which got dangerously close to homes in a Cornish village has been congratulated by residents for keeping calm under pressure. It’s a familiar sight in Cornwall at this time of year – unsuspecting drivers who are ill-prepared for our narrow roads and end up getting themselves in a bit of a mess, often due to following sat nav directions. The driver, who told a passerby he was on his way to Mullion Primary School, got himself into a bit of a pickle in the village on the Lizard Peninsula.

Debbie Cheesman-Knaggs – who took these pictures – was one of those on hand who gave the driver instructions to avert a wall-bashing disaster.

Cool under pressure

She said: “The driver was excellent. Lots of stress because of an audience, but he kept his cool, listened to instructions from a chap who owns a fleet of trucks and helped direct him, and got out smiling. “I’ve done my tractor and 40ft trailer licence so I know it’s not easy – but the driver made it look like it was.”

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She said that the driver saw the restricted width sign on the village’s streets and called his boss, who told him it would be okay to drive through.

“The driver was dead calm, very focused and not stressed by everyone watching. Super-cool driver with skills.”

Driver congratulated after lorry gets stuck in village in CornwallA crisis was averted after the lorry entered the narrow streets of Mullion

She praised the resident, who owns his own lorry fleet, saying: “I’d love to know the name of the chap who did most of the directing. All I know is that he saw the truck go into the village and knew what was going to happen – he told me he owns a fleet of 30 trucks.

“He was awesome helping that driver out.” Despite the tight squeeze there was no damage. “The driver kept calm under crisis and got the job done with no damage to his own truck or other vehicles or structures,” added Debbie.

The incident follows a similar one in St Ives last week when a lorry from a company called Keen and Able was trapped for two hours.

Driver congratulated after lorry gets stuck in village in CornwallThe van was wedged in Ayr Lane, St Ives

Witness Dee Lewis said it took about 20 minutes for it to be pulled out backwards. Read the full story here.

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