A motorist has had a miraculous escape after an articulated livestock transporter rolled on to his car, almost totally crushing it. But 127 of the 400 sheep on board were killed.
The HGV was negotiating a roundabout in Brentwood, Essex, on 14 July when it rolled over flattening a Vauxhall Insignia and trapping its driver.
Expecting to find many major injuries East of England Ambulance Service despatched a fleet of vehicles – the Essex Air Ambulance, two Hazardous Area Response Team ambulances, two of their rapid response vehicles, two normal ambulances and one paramedic officer.
Firefighters fought for 30 minutes to free the driver, believed to be a man in his 50s, and used cutting equipment to remove the crushed roof.
But although the driver had complained of neck, back and chest pain during the rescue, the emergency services found he had suffered only cuts and bruises.
Sadly, the fire service reported that 120 of the 400 sheep on the lorry had died in the crash.
Assistant divisional officer for Essex Fire and Rescue Service, Craig McLellan, said: “Unfortunately 120 sheep in the HGV died following the collision.
“The sheep that survived were taken to a paddock to get over their ordeal.”
Officer McLellan added: “Firefighters used specialist equipment from the animal rescue unit and the urban search and rescue pod and worked alongside a vehicle recovery company to carry out the rescue operations.”
Police say they are investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash.