20-tonne runaway lorry leaves trail of destruction in St Austell
A 20-tonne runaway lorry loaded with concrete blocks has left a trail of destruction in St Austell.
The drama unfolded after lorry’s driver parked the vehicle in a slipway leading to a car park at St Austell railway station this afternoon and then got out to speak to a taxi driver.
The 16-tonne lorry, which was carrying 4 tonnes of concrete blocks, started to roll, taking out a wall, a street sign, railings and lamppost at approximately 1.50pm before finally coming to a stop.
St Austell acting inspector James Honeywill said: “It would appear the driver exited the lorry's cab and at which point, not immediately, he went over to engage with the taxi driver when he noticed the lorry starting to roll.
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“The lorry rolled down the hill going through the wall which separates the train station with High Cross Street, damaging the metal railings on the steps, a street sign and a light.
“Fortunately nobody was injured.”
Police officers attended and made the scene safe before putting in place a temporary road closure at High Cross Street and diverting traffic.
An investigation is underway into the cause of the crash.