Recovery under way in the Fens to lift 44 tonne lorry that rolled into river

PUBLISHED: 10:04 21 October 2017

Work will begin today to remove this Heygates of Downham Market lorry from the river at Outwell. It went in yesterday (October 20) but the driver escaped unhurt..

Work will begin today to remove this Heygates of Downham Market lorry from the river at Outwell. It went in yesterday (October 20) but the driver escaped unhurt..

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Recovery work is under way today after a 44 tonne lorry veered into a West Norfolk river.

Work will begin today to remove this Heygates of Downham Market lorry from the river at Outwell. It went in yesterday (October 20) but the driver escaped unhurt.. Work will begin today to remove this Heygates of Downham Market lorry from the river at Outwell. It went in yesterday (October 20) but the driver escaped unhurt..

Luckily the driver escaped injury following the incident yesterday at around 4.30pm at Well Creek, Outwell, near Wisbech.

Work will begin today to remove this Heygates of Downham Market lorry from the river at Outwell. It went in yesterday (October 20) but the driver escaped unhurt.. Work will begin today to remove this Heygates of Downham Market lorry from the river at Outwell. It went in yesterday (October 20) but the driver escaped unhurt..

The Heygates lorry was heading back to Downham Market when it is thought to have been involved in a collision before rolling into the river.

Work will begin today to remove this Heygates of Downham Market lorry from the river at Outwell. It went in yesterday (October 20) but the driver escaped unhurt.. Work will begin today to remove this Heygates of Downham Market lorry from the river at Outwell. It went in yesterday (October 20) but the driver escaped unhurt..

Emergency services were quickly on the scene and a fire crew from Outwell attended.

Rescue workers are attempting today to lift this Hegyates of Downham Market from Well Creek at Outwell. The lorry went into the river yesterday (Fri October 20) but the driver was unhurt Rescue workers are attempting today to lift this Hegyates of Downham Market from Well Creek at Outwell. The lorry went into the river yesterday (Fri October 20) but the driver was unhurt

A fire service spokesman said an appliance from Outwell attended the collision “and provided scene safety”.

Rescue workers are attempting today to lift this Hegyates of Downham Market from Well Creek at Outwell. The lorry went into the river yesterday (Fri October 20) but the driver was unhurt Rescue workers are attempting today to lift this Hegyates of Downham Market from Well Creek at Outwell. The lorry went into the river yesterday (Fri October 20) but the driver was unhurt

The collision happened at around 4.30pm and the road opened 90 minutes later.

Rescue workers are attempting today to lift this Hegyates of Downham Market from Well Creek at Outwell. The lorry went into the river yesterday (Fri October 20) but the driver was unhurt Rescue workers are attempting today to lift this Hegyates of Downham Market from Well Creek at Outwell. The lorry went into the river yesterday (Fri October 20) but the driver was unhurt

Police and ambulance crews also attended.

Driver escapes injury after his lorry rolled into the river at Outwell following a crash. PHOTO :Courtesy of Chelle
Cowles  Driver escapes injury after his lorry rolled into the river at Outwell following a crash. PHOTO :Courtesy of Chelle Cowles

The incident closed the A1122 for a short time and traffic was backed up at one point for several miles.

A company from Lincolnshire is thought to have been asked to make the specialist recovery of the lorry from the river.

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