Work begins to free lorry after Morcott crash

Morcott petrol station canopy being removed after a lorry crashed into it
Morcott petrol station canopy being removed after a lorry crashed into it
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Contractors have begun dismantling a petrol station forecourt in order to free a lorry that crashed there several days ago.

The 44-ton lorry ploughed into one of the pumps at Morcott Service Station at about 11.55pm on Friday last week. The vehicle came off the A47 in high winds.

One pump was knocked over and the lorry cab was ripped open on one side, smashing the windscreen. The vehicle was wedged under the forecourt canopy, trapping the driver inside.

A fire service spokesman said the driver managed to free himself and was not injured in the accident.

Work started today (Wednesday) to free the TM Logistics lorry. This involved carefully removing the canopy while the area was still cordoned off.

Motor Fuel Ltd, which owns the garage site, said it was hoping to reopen by the end of the week.

The Costcutter shop attached to the petrol station was still closed at the time of publication.

Staff at Morcott Tyre and Exhaust Centre, which is also attached to the petrol station, said they had not been there when the accident happened and did not know when the petrol station would reopen.

The sight of the lorry stuck under the canopy attracted attention on social media sites.

On Twitter @JamesERead posted a photo of the lorry and said: “Passed this at Morcott Garage in Rutland today. Crikey chief...”

Neil Tomlinson, posting as @Wheely73, also took a photo of the scene and said: “Stay safe on @rutlandcouncil roads. This was Morcott petrol station last night. Lorry blown off road. #storm2014.”

Details on how and when the lorry will be removed from the site have not been released.

We contacted both Bibby Distribution, which owns TM Logistics and Costcutter for comments on the crash, but neither had replied at the time of going to press.