HGV driver narrowly missed construction workers when tanker overturned

The driver of a chemical tanker that overturned in Widnes has been sentenced. David Irvine, 30, of Avonlea Gardens, Newtonabbott, Northern Ireland, was driving a HGV tanker on the Mersey Gateway slip road when the incident occurred at around 3pm on Wednesday, May 6. As he drove around the roundabout, he failed to take into account the fact that there were 27,000 litres of sodium hypochlorite solution in the tanker.

This resulted in the vehicle overturning and narrowly missing a number of men who were working on the Bridge Construction site. The incident left the HGV with serious damage; however, the tanker was not breached and its contents did not spill onto the road.

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Irvine appeared at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on Monday, October 26 after pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention. He was issued with seven points and handed a GBP660 fine and ordered to pay GBP100 court costs and a GBP66 victim surcharge.

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Each CheshireLive bulletin delivers the latest breaking news, what’s on events and the hottest talking points straight to your inbox. For more information about how – and why – to subscribe, click here. PC James Shrimpton, of Cheshire Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit, said: “Thankfully emergency services were able to avert a major chemical incident by co-coordinating the operation between Cheshire Police, Specialist Fire Officers, Recovery Agents and Mersey Gateway staff.

“However, the incident still resulted in serious delays for local residents, forcing a major route into Widnes to close for several hours, it also caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

“This incident highlights the fact that a momentary lapse in attention behind the wheel can have serious consequences.

“Fortunately, in this case everyone involved was able to escape without suffering any serious injuries.”

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