Driver and Sheep Rescued from Overturned Stock Lorry
At 13:20Hrs on February 25, 2010, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service was called to reports of a road traffic incident involving an overturned HGV on the B4355 Presteigne to Norton Road, on the Herefordshire / Mid and West Wales border.
A total of three crews from Leintwardine, Kington and Presteigne were promptly on scene.
Mark Strutt, Station Manager, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said,
“On arrival at the scene firefighters found a stock carrying HGV, that had left the road and was laying on its side with a trapped driver and approximately 75 livestock. Fire service personnel had to release the male driver by removing the steering wheel. Approximately 50 sheep were released into a nearby field and the remaining 25 were found to be dead at the scene.”
“Due to the remote nature of this incident, older emergency radios proved unreliable and emergency radio communications were fed through Hereford and Worcester appliances fitted with the new airwave radios. Both Mid and West Wales and Herefordshire crews worked well as a team.”
The driver was passed on to ambulance personnel for further medical attention and taken to hospital and the sheep were left in the care of a local vet. All three emergency services were in attendance.