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A lorry driver who was caught on camera driving the wrong way around a roundabout has been allowed to keep his job. However, Turners (Soham) Ltd, who employ the HGV driver, insist he will not be allowed to get back behind the wheel until he has completed an “extensive” training programme. embedded content

Even after that, the driver, a British man who served in the Army for seven years, will be under “ongoing surveillance”.

The lorry was approaching the roundabout near Bar Hill towards the A14 on August 2 when it veered right into the oncoming lane, and drove the wrong way around the roundabout.

No vehicles were hit during the incident, which was recorded on a dashcam and sent to Turners (Soham) Ltd last week. Speaking to the Ely News today (Wednesday), Paul Day, the firm’s managing director, said: “The driver clearly made a total error of judgement.

“He was trying to get back onto the A14 to get to where he needed to be, which was Histon, and became flustered.

“The driver passed his HGV qualification in March and has worked at our Castleford depot since May.

“He was suspended as soon as we received the footage and was then interviewed by one of our trainers.

“We have taken the decision not to dismiss the driver . There is such a shortage of lorry drivers at the moment that he would just go out and get another lorry driving job with an agency tomorrow without any further training.

“Instead, we will be doing the responsible thing and putting him through an extensive training programme.

“Once he’s completed that he will be under ongoing surveillance by driving a HGV fitted with a camera.”

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  1. ^ Comments (1) (www.ely-news.co.uk)

Police seek HGV driver who may have seen lorry hitting man on A417 this morning

Police want to speak to a HGV driver who is believed to have been driving past the scene of a serious collision between a man and a lorry on the A4171 in the early hours of this morning. The busy road between the Air Balloon roundabout and the A46 Shurdington Road was closed from around 3am to just before 10am today after the incident. A 34-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries and has been transferred to Bristol’s Southmead Hospital after being initially taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

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A police spokesman said: “Officers are keen to hear from any witnesses who haven’t come forward – particularly an HGV driver who was reportedly passing the scene at the time of the incident and may have seen the collision.”

The road closure caused lengthy delays across the county as motorists were sent on diversion routes through the rush hour.

Cirencester Road in Charlton Kings was particularly affected as was the A417 from Gloucester.

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident number 50 of August 31.

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  1. ^ A417 (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Man fighting for life after Air Balloon crash, travel chaos and ‘false widow spiders’ (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)

Blaze rips through lorry carrying huge wind turbine blade

Blaze Rips Through Lorry Carrying Huge Wind Turbine Blade

Blaze Rips Through Lorry Carrying Huge Wind Turbine Blade

Blaze: The lorry caught fire on Bargrennan Bridge. SFRS

A lorry carrying a wind turbine blade has been destroyed after a blaze ripped through the vehicle.

The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday on the A714 around ten miles from Newton Stewart in Dumfries and Galloway. Fire crews were called to the blaze on Bargrennan Bridge at 5.55am and when two fire engines from Newton Stewart arrived they were faced with a fire within the cab of the HGV. Firefighters in breathing apparatus quickly extinguished the blaze and the driver of the vehicle was not injured . The cab of the HGV was completely destroyed by fire.

A statement from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “The road has been closed and diversions are in place . The clean-up operation continues.”

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