Lucky escape for lorry driver

32 Scania rigid Lorry off the road at Bonchester Bridge, down a steep bank and the cab was severed from the chassis. Amazingly the driver walked away from the scene after depositing 25 tonnes of Asphalt in the field. Pictures by Bill McBurnie
32 Scania rigid Lorry off the road at Bonchester Bridge, down a steep bank and the cab was severed from the chassis. Amazingly the driver walked away from the scene after depositing 25 tonnes of Asphalt in the field. Pictures by Bill McBurnie

HGV leaves road and spills its load into Bonchester Bridge field

Police were alerted to a vehicle crash at Bonchester Bridge yesterday, in which a heavy goods vehicle left the road and tipped over into a field, spilling its load of asphalt, and the cab separated from the chassis.

32 Scania rigid Lorry off the road at Bonchester Bridge, down a steep bank and the cab was severed from the chassis. Amazingly the driver walked away from the scene after depositing 25 tonnes of Asphalt in the field. Pictures by Bill McBurnie

32 Scania rigid Lorry off the road at Bonchester Bridge, down a steep bank and the cab was severed from the chassis. Amazingly the driver walked away from the scene after depositing 25 tonnes of Asphalt in the field. Pictures by Bill McBurnie

The male driver was seen walking around after the incident, and was taken to the Borders General Hospital, but his injuries are not thought to be serious.

As the lorry was not blocking the road, the recovery team was not deployed until later in the day.

Photographs: Bill McBurnie

32 Scania rigid Lorry off the road at Bonchester Bridge, down a steep bank and the cab was severed from the chassis. Amazingly the driver walked away from the scene after depositing 25 tonnes of Asphalt in the field. Pictures by Bill McBurnie

32 Scania rigid Lorry off the road at Bonchester Bridge, down a steep bank and the cab was severed from the chassis. Amazingly the driver walked away from the scene after depositing 25 tonnes of Asphalt in the field. Pictures by Bill McBurnie