Driver’s mattress cushions crash blow

A LORRY driver had a lucky escape when his vehicle overturned near a roundabout.

Stuart Ferguson, from Morecambe, was driving the Volvo Globetrotter, which was carrying 30 tonnes of animal feed, when he felt the lorry slip out of his control.

As it crashed on to a nearby cycle path at Mount Pleasant South Roundabout near Southbridge Road, Hull, two off-duty firefighters watched in horror.

When they rushed to Stuart’s aid, they were relieved to see him climbing out of the heavy goods vehicle.

“I’m lucky to be alive,” Stuart said, before answering the phone to his worried mother.

“The lorry just shifted and there was nothing I could do. I’d reached the point of no return.

“I was a bit shocked but I’m glad I’m okay. My mattress in the back fell forward and it’s what I landed on, I think it probably saved my life.”

Stuart was travelling from Hull to Penrith in Cumbria having been to Cargill in Hull to collect the livestock feed.

Emergency services rushed to the scene at 10.22am on Friday and began frantically looking under the lorry to make sure a passer-by wasn’t trapped underneath.

“There was just nothing I could do to stop it from tipping over,” Stuart said. “I tried to steer into it when I felt it going. It was only the day before I was saying that I had never crashed.”

Police are still investigating the accident and firefighters from east Hull attended the crash.

Rob Grainger, crew manager, said three appliances and a special rescue service had been called out.

He said: “Luckily, nobody was hurt and the off duty firefighters helped the driver out straight away and gave him first aid. The road was blocked off for a couple of hours while the lorry was recovered. The driver has had a very lucky escape.”