Driver injured after lorry smashes into salvage yard in Stibbington

The lorry which crashed into the front yard of M & J Modern Cars near Stibbington, on the southbound carriage of the A1

The lorry which crashed into the front yard of M & J Modern Cars near Stibbington, on the southbound carriage of the A1

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Thursday, 9.45am: A LORRY driver was injured after his vehicle came off the road and crashed into an autoparts and salvage yard.

Emergency services were called to the incident in Stibbington at 2.14pm.

The lorry smashed through the fence of M&J Modern Car Spares, seriously damaging up to a dozen vehicles which were on display in the front of the business.

The lorry driver, a 40-year-old man, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Peterborough City Hospital.

Police were carrying out inquiries in a bid to find out the cause of the accident.

A number of the vehicles involved were crushed beyond repair and metal posts from the damaged fence were flung across the forecourt, leaving staff with a massive clean-up operation.

No one from M&J Modern Car Spares was available to comment yesterday. The incident also caused long delays on the nearby A1 resulting in one lane of the south bound carriageway being closed for over three hours, causing congestion back to Wittering.

The lane was re-opened shortly before 6pm and traffic was able to return to normal.

A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “Emergency services were called to the scene at 2.14pm. A lorry had gone through a fence in Great North Road and had collided with several cars at a garage forecourt.

“The driver was conscious and breathing when crews arrived. His injuries were not life-threatening.

“The incident left a lot of debris at the garage and emergency services were helping to organise a clear-up.”

Witnesses should contact police on 01480 456111.