'It looks like he swerved, lost control and then overturned' says passer by after lucky escape for East Cambridgeshire village

PUBLISHED: 12:07 08 October 2019 | UPDATED: 12:36 08 October 2019

This happened about 10.45am on Tuesday October 8, south of the cross roads on New Road, Haddenham.  No-one was hurt but the road was closed for removal. Picture' GILL MARCHANT.

This happened about 10.45am on Tuesday October 8, south of the cross roads on New Road, Haddenham. No-one was hurt but the road was closed for removal. Picture' GILL MARCHANT.

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Villagers heaved a sigh of relief that no one was injured today when a fully laden tractor and trailer overturned in a busy East Cambridgeshire village.

This happened about 10.45am on Tuesday October 8, south of the cross roads on New Road, Haddenham.  No-one was hurt but the road was closed for removal. Picture' GILL MARCHANT.This happened about 10.45am on Tuesday October 8, south of the cross roads on New Road, Haddenham. No-one was hurt but the road was closed for removal. Picture' GILL MARCHANT.

Resident Gill Marchant took these photos shortly after being assured both the driver was safe and that none of her fellow residents of Haddenham were injured.

She said the accident could have been much worse had it happened further along the road is much closer to houses.

"But there is still a footpath next to it and goodness knows what would have happened if someone had been walking past," she said.

Police issued an alert to warn that the A1123 between Wilburton and Haddenham would remain closed pending recovery of the tractor and trailer.

Accident involving tractor in Haddenham last week prompted a response from Cllr Bill Hunt about tractor drivers in general. He is emphatic he is not commenting on this particular incident.  Picture' GILL MARCHANT.Accident involving tractor in Haddenham last week prompted a response from Cllr Bill Hunt about tractor drivers in general. He is emphatic he is not commenting on this particular incident. Picture' GILL MARCHANT.

One other resident said she had heard the tractor driver tell villagers he had heard a "metallic clanging" noise prior to the incident.

She said: "It looks very much like he was forced to swerve for whatever reason, lost control and then overturned."

In 2016 local councillor Bill Hunt led a day of action to improve safety in Haddenham and two neighbouring villages to encourage drivers, especially high speed JCB tractors, to drive with consideration.

Time for the cleanup. Following the crash in Haddenham in which a tractor and trailer overturned, contractors move in to remove the tractor and trailer that had overturned. Picture; GILL MARCHANTTime for the cleanup. Following the crash in Haddenham in which a tractor and trailer overturned, contractors move in to remove the tractor and trailer that had overturned. Picture; GILL MARCHANT

Time for the cleanup. Following the crash in Haddenham in which a tractor and trailer overturned, contractors move in to remove the tractor and trailer that had overturned. Picture; GILL MARCHANT Time for the cleanup. Following the crash in Haddenham in which a tractor and trailer overturned, contractors move in to remove the tractor and trailer that had overturned. Picture; GILL MARCHANT

Time for the cleanup. Following the crash in Haddenham in which a tractor and trailer overturned, contractors move in to remove the tractor and trailer that had overturned. Picture; GILL MARCHANT Time for the cleanup. Following the crash in Haddenham in which a tractor and trailer overturned, contractors move in to remove the tractor and trailer that had overturned. Picture; GILL MARCHANT

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