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Families scream in horror as park’s bin-emptying truck REVERSES over a sunbathing couple, 20 and 19, causing ‘devastating injuries’

  • The woman suffered broken vertebrae, collarbone and a fracture to the sternum
  • Meanwhile, the man was left with injuries to his liver, stomach and a kidney
  • A family witnessed the devastation unfold at Earlham Park, in Norwich, Norfolk
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Families enjoying a day in the park screamed in horror as they watched a bin-emptying lorry reverse over a sunbathing couple.

The 19-year-old girl and her 20-year-old boyfriend suffered devastating injuries after the 4×4 reversed over them as they relaxed on the grassat Earlham Park, Norwich.

Sickeningly, after the truck reversed over the girl, it stopped when onlookers shouted out – then in the confusion, it drove over her again.

Eye witness Terri Chandler, 29, who had gone to the park for the afternoon with husband Gareth, son Jack, six, and daughter Grace, four, told how the horror unfolded.

The 4x4 reversed over them as they sat relaxing on the grass at Earlham Park, Norwich (pictured)

The 4×4 reversed over them as they sat relaxing on the grass at Earlham Park, Norwich (pictured)

They watched as the truck arrived – it was owned by Norwich Norse, a cleaning company with a contract to empty rubbish bins.

Terri, of Hethersett, said ‘The kids went off paddling in thewater and we went and sat on the bench.

‘We were going to sit on the grass, where these guys were, and we would have been sat there with our children if the bench had not been free.

‘After a while the couple came and sat down next to the bin on the floor.

‘Then a Norse 4×4 truck came along to change the bin and the truck was parked behind the bin.

‘The guy got out and we were chatting to him. He changed the rubbish put the bag in the truck and started to reverse.

‘I started screaming at him to stop and telling him there were people there but he didn’t hear.

‘I was screaming at him to stop but then he stopped on them.

I was screaming so he reversed back off him and back over her again.

Eye witness Terri Chandler, 29, who had gone to the park for the afternoon with husband Gareth, son Jack, six, and daughter Grace, four, told how the horror unfolded

Eye witness Terri Chandler, 29, who had gone to the park for the afternoon with husband Gareth, son Jack, six, and daughter Grace, four, told how the horror unfolded

‘I ran over and Gareth ran over and we called the ambulance straight away.

You could see he was in a lot of pain.

‘The police said if I hadn’t screamed they wouldn’t be here today because both wheels would have gone over them and they wouldn’t have survived it.

‘I said to Gareth that had the bench not have been free that’s where we would have sat with the children and no child would have survived that.

‘They are very lucky to be alive.’

The 20-year-old man sustained trauma injuries to the liver, stomach and a kidney, while the girl suffered a broken vertebrae, collarbone and a fracture to the sternum when the truck squashed them.

The couple, who haven’t yet been named, were taken to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

A hospital spokesman said the man has now been allowed home but the girl is still in hospital, in a stable condition.

The driver of the vehicle has been spoken to by police who say enquiries ‘are ongoing, with the assistance of the Health and Safety Executive’.

The driver of the vehicle has been spoken to by police who say enquiries 'are ongoing

The driver of the vehicle has been spoken to by police who say enquiries ‘are ongoing

A spokesman for the services firm said they were also investigating the incident.

Their spokesman said: ‘We are investigating how two members of the public came to be injured on Sunday, June 18 evening following an incident involving a Norwich Norse environmental van making a routine litter collection near the river in Earlham Park.

‘Our thoughts and best wishes are with both injured people at what is clearly a very distressing time.

Our driver is currently off work and is being offered support.

‘We will assist Norfolk Constabulary and the Health and Safety Executive in their enquiries in any way we can.’

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