Binmen taken to hospital after refuse truck overturns in high winds on main road in Leicestershire
Two refuse workers were taken to hospital after the dustbin lorry they were travelling in overturned in high winds on a main road in Leicestershire. The vehicle – operated by waste contractor Biffa on behalf of Melton Borough Council – was reported to have “jack-knifed” prior to the crash. It happened on the A607 Leicester Road, outside the village of Frisby on the Wreake, near Melton, today, Tuesday February 23.
Emergency services were called to the scene shortly before midday. Crews from Melton fire station attended the incident, where they were joined by colleagues from the technical rescue unit, based at Leicester’s Southern fire station. A Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We received a call from the police at 11.59am reporting that a dustbin lorry had jack-knifed on the main A607 at Frisby on the Wreake.
“Two appliances form Melton were originally mobilised along with technical rescue. “The first crew on the scene confirmed that a dustbin lorry was on its side, completely blocking the road, however, no persons were trapped. “Leicestershire Police and the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) were also in attendance.”
A crane was used to right the overturned refuse truck (Image: Chris Gordon)
They added: “The vehicle’s three occupants had managed to free themselves prior to our arrival and were being assessed by EMAS for what were believed to be minor injuries.”
Fire crews were also called on to deal with oil that had leaked into the road from the stricken refuse lorry. A stretch of the A607, which is the main road between Leicester and Melton, was closed between the villages of East Goscote and Kirby Bellars, with motorists warned to avoid the area.
There were three people in the vehicle when it overturned after reportedly jack-knifing in high winds (Image: Leicester Mercury / Chris Gordon)
A spokesperson for Melton Borough Council said: “At 12pm today, Tuesday February 23, a vehicle operated by waste contractor, Biffa, was involved in an incident on the A607 Leicester Road near the Frisby turn off, just outside Melton Mowbray. “There were three waste operatives in the vehicle at the time.
“Two were taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary as a precautionary measure and one has returned to the depot.” “The refuse collection vehicle is in the process of being recovered. No other vehicles were involved in the incident, an investigation is underway and we will have more information in due course.”
Two binmen were taken to hospital with minor injuries (Image: Leicester Mercury / Chris Gordon)
A crane was used to lift the refuse truck back onto its wheels.
The road was cleared and fully reopened shortly after 2.30pm.
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