Lorry carrying rescue vehicles needs rescuing from tight bend in Cornwall

This was the moment a lorry carrying vehicles for rescuers ended up needing rescuing itself. The truck had just left the RNLI depot near Perranporth when it came a cropper in the tiny lane in the hamlet of Penwartha. The lorry from the Milton Keynes firm Nick Pelosi Ltd, was said to be stuck in situ for about six hours, eventually removed using a recovery truck after failed attempts using tractors.

Locals said on a Facebook post sharing the photos that it caused damage to trees, walls and cables, claiming the driver had followed his sat nav to the tight spot. It was said to have got stuck at about 4pm, with work still carrying on to clear up the mess as late as 11pm yesterday (Wednesday, September 23). The lorry was said to have been manoeuvred out at about 10pm.

Staff from Cornwall Council contractor attended the scene in the evening and this morning to clear up. Jo Daden, who took these photos, told Cornwall Live: “It was coming towards the top end of Penwartha Coombe, so had gone through Bolingy and up Penwartha Road, past the Old School and up to the cottages and farm where it eventually got stuck. “I think it was about 4pm in the afternoon and was eventually manoeuvred around the bend about 10pm using a pick-up/recovery vehicle.

I think they tried to use tractors at some point as well. “There were Cormac workers out during the evening and next morning clearing debris of branches that had come down from the vehicle coming through.”

The lorry was stuck on Penwartha near Perranporth for about four hours

One person wrote: “I saw him drive by over the little humpback bridge before Bolingey inn and knew he was screwed!” Another added, similarly: “I saw him drive past the drive where I live!

And knew he was going to get stuck!” A local woman wrote: “I was walking in Penwartha couldn’t believe my eyes when this monster came straight at me luckily I managed to tuck into the side, trees crashing down around me, very frightening. I almost had to jump in the stream.”

Lorry carrying rescue vehicles needs rescuing from tight bend in CornwallThe bend in Penwartha where the lorry got stuck

After someone said the driver had been directed to use the routes, another commented: “Poor bloke.

I feel sorry for him.

Can’t really put the blame on him when he was following instructions.”

Cornwall Live has contacted Nick Pelosi Ltd for comment.

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