‘Runaway’ bin lorry narrowly misses dog walker and cars before crash
A tragedy was narrowly avoided after a ‘runaway’ bin truck careered down a Birmingham road – nearly hitting a dog walker and two motorists. The incident took place in Jockey Road in Sutton Coldfield shortly before 8am on Wednesday (September 15). The 26-tonne truck, said to be without a driver on board, had rolled and gathered speed, and gone over the centre line inches away from a woman with a dog – and two cars coming the opposite direction.
Witnesses claimed the dog walker had to run to avoid being hit by the truck, while the drivers had to slam on their brakes and hit reverse to get out of the way. : Woman rushed to hospital after ‘stranger pushed her in park pool’ The refuse truck then smashed into a garden wall, demolishing it and also hit two cars on a driveway.
Eyewitness, Victoria Williams, said it was ‘lucky no one was killed’. She had just dropped off her children at school and was headed to work along Jockey Road, towards Bokdmere Road when she saw the incident unfold. The 38-year-old teacher told BirminghamLive: “I don’t know how it came about but there was a bin lorry with no driver in it coming down Jockey Road.
“It wasn’t my usual route. “It was about 7.50am and I was driving towards Boldmere. “As I have come past Sutton Girls there was a blue Corsa in front of me.
“Suddenly we could see this refuse truck hurtling towards us on the wrong side of the road.”
The bin lorry crashed through a wall in Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield, causing damaging to two parked cars but narrowly avoided a pedestrian
She continued: “At that point I saw there was wasn’t a driver in the cab and the door was open. “The driver in front of me put his Corsa in reverse and I did the same. We got out of the way.
“There was a poor woman with a dog and first of all she froze. And then she had to run out of the way. She had been walking in to Britwell Road when the truck came towards her.
I spoke to her afterwards and she was really shaken up. “It very nearly was a tragic accident. It could have killed her.”
: Travellers at industrial park may avoid eviction ‘due to Covid’ When Victoria was driving along the road she said nothing at first seemed amiss. She said: “Initially the truck was coming on the correct side of the road by the flats.
Nothing seemed to be wrong. “But then the truck came over the middle of the road. It was sheer fluke that the refuse truck stopped in the guys garden and didn’t hit anyone.
“The refuse guys said they were at the flats on the right-hand side as you head towards Boldmere. “The driver said he got out of the cab and went to get a bin. Had in not been in neutral the alarm would go off.
And if the handbrake wasn’t on it would have moved straight away. “It could have been so much worse.”
The aftermath of a crash in Jockey Road in Sutton Coldfield where it is claimed a bin lorry without a driver careered down the road before crashing through a garden wall
The school teacher, who was late in to her job, added: “”The first thing the guy in front said to me was ‘I’m sorry I have just reversed at you’. “But if he hadn’t it would have been a head-on collision with his car and it would have hit mine too.
It was quick-thinking by him that probably saved us.
“We were all incredibly lucky.” The bin lorry smashed through a brick wall and damaged two cars, one believed to be an Audi. There were no injuries and the ambulance service did not attend.
West Midlands Police attended the incident and said it would investigate what happened.
A Birmingham City Council spokeswoman said: “The cause of incident is being investigated and thankfully no-one was hurt.”
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