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Lorry Overturns


A cement mixer lorry overturned on Motherwell Road close to the M74 sliproad at junction six at Hamilton just after lunchtime on Monday 25th January. Firefighters had to use hydraulic rescue equipment to free the driver.

Two fire appliances were mobilised from Motherwell Community Fire Station along with a heavy rescue vehicle from Easterhouse and firefighters reached the scene six minutes later to find the truck on its side and the driver still in the cab.

Watch Manager Gary Hoey, the incident commander, said: “The driver was physically trapped and he told us that he was in pain.

“A trauma doctor and ambulance paramedics assessed his condition and they were happy for him to assist our crews in his own rescue by moving within the cab.”

He continued: “We built an elevated platform at the front of the vehicle to give us a better vantage point, which helped us determine how best to free the driver.

“We then used a hydraulic saw to cut into the roof and create a flap, before taking out the steering wheel to give us the space we needed to lift him out on a rescue board.”

Police Scotland officers closed the road throughout the rescue operation to ensure the safety of other motiorists and the casualty, as well as of the firefighters and medical personnel working to free him.

All lanes were restricted southbound between Hamilton and Larkhall as recovery of the lorry, which went down an embankment, took place.

The accident cleared and the road was re-opened just before 4pm.