Good samaritan HGV driver has thumb ripped off after stopping to help fellow motorist on M8

A good samaritan has had part of his thumb ripped off in a freak accident after he stopped to help a driver on the M8. As he helped pull a pallet truck off the motorway he ended up losing his thumb, leaving him unable to work. Brad Richardson said he has had to undergo two operations after he stopped to help two HGV drivers move the truck off the M8 motorway near Livingston.

Brad, who is also an HGV driver and is from Livingston, needed plastic surgery on his hand following the incident on June 22.

Brad says he won’t be able to back to work for the foreseeable future

In a post on social media he confirmed he “lost half my thumb” in what he described as a “freak accident”. The former roadworker said he stopped to help when he saw an incident involving the pallet truck on the road ahead of him when he was driving west on the M8 at Junction 3a near Livingston. He said: “I spent three to four years doing motorway incident response with BEAR Scotland and Amey highways so it was my instinct to stop and help out when I’m first behind the incident.”

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Unfortunately good samaritan Brad ended up being badly hurt.

He explained: “My thumb was amputated while helping the two HGV drivers pull a pallet truck off the M8 J3A westbound on-slip road.” He is now trying to raise money to get him through this difficult spot on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe. He said: “If I’m being completely honest; a lot of blood sweat and tears and I’m out of HGV driving for the foreseeable future.”

Brad said he was driving with a friend between 10pm and 11pm on the night of the incident. He said: “There was a damaged lorry on the entry slip road, half on the verge half in lane one.” He said there was debris all over the road surrounding the two trucks, him and his friend decided to stop and help move the pallet truck.

“We saw two men struggling to remove the pallet-truck that fits on the back of a large HGV and other debris all over the road. I can’t say what had happened, as I instantly jumped out the car, ran over to help and started dragging it across towards the verge with the other men”. “My thumb was in the mechanism at the bottom of the forks of the pallet truck.”

Somehow the forks of the truck crushed Brad’s thumb, he said he was unable to be sure what happened in the moment. He explained: “I was too focused of trying to get my thumb out of the hydraulic-press-like injury, I had to release whatever was left of my thumb from the mechanism.” Sadly the injury has left Brad unable to work as a HGV driver, he is now currently looking for freelance work on the web until he can return to driving lorries.

You can donate to the crowdfunder here.

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