Crashing truck into brick wall near Calne saved others, say police

Firefighters at the cab of the truck which crashed at Radford near Calne last night

Firefighters at the cab of the truck which crashed at Radford near Calne last night

A Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service fire engine at the scene

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Police have praised a Chippenham driver who crashed through a bridge wall at Ratford last night to avoid on-coming traffic.

The man in his 20s driving a truck ended upside down in the river after crashing on the single track road which leads to Bremhill at around 5pm.

He was lucky to escape with a few cuts and bruises.

Police, who closed the Calne A4 road at the turning to Ratford for several hours, said his quick-thinking prevented anyone else from being involved in the accident.

Calne PCSO Mark Cook said: “I shot out of Calne Police Station and thankfully he was out of the vehicle, but we didn’t know that at the time.

"Apart from minor cuts and bruises he was uninjured.

“It’s a little single track road, but it’s quite a busy road because it’s used as a cut through for vehicles coming from Chippenham to Calne.

“He was coming down the hill, he applied his brakes but they wouldn’t respond.

"He veered left because there was an oncoming vehicle and as he went left he went too far and hit the bridge.

“It was the lesser of two evils. It was either hit the oncoming vehicle or go left.

"If his brakes were working then he would have been fine. Speed wasn’t a factor in this.

“Due to the driver’s quick thinking, anyone else was prevented from being involved in a collision.”

Firefighters from Calne went into the river wearing wetsuits and used hay bales provided by local farmers to stop oil and diesel leaking into the river.

PCSO Cook said: “Somehow they managed to get the vehicle out, heaven knows how.

"They may have righted the vehicle on its wheels and dragged it up stream, because there were overhead power cables they couldn’t lift it up.”

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9:40pm Wed 18 Jun 14

number 6 says...

Is the vehicle road worthy then if he applied the brakes and they would not respond?
Is the vehicle road worthy then if he applied the brakes and they would not respond? number 6
  • Score: -14

1:48pm Thu 19 Jun 14

allthedecentnameshavegone says...

Well done to this man for taking what must have been a difficult and frightening decision.
Well done to this man for taking what must have been a difficult and frightening decision. allthedecentnameshavegone
  • Score: 12

4:05pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Georgiad says...

Yes it is road worthy, it's agricultural.
He's always thinking of others and I am very proud of my partner for that
Yes it is road worthy, it's agricultural. He's always thinking of others and I am very proud of my partner for that Georgiad
  • Score: 13

8:58pm Thu 19 Jun 14

number 6 says...

VOSA regulations state that a vehicle must be fully functional to be on the public highway regardless of status, being agricultural or otherwise My point is, if the brakes do not respond then the vehicle should not have been on the road. This time the accident did not cause casualties, however, the outcome could have been different if the circumstances were. I'm not looking for an argument here, but the important issue is, is why did the brakes not work.
VOSA regulations state that a vehicle must be fully functional to be on the public highway regardless of status, being agricultural or otherwise My point is, if the brakes do not respond then the vehicle should not have been on the road. This time the accident did not cause casualties, however, the outcome could have been different if the circumstances were. I'm not looking for an argument here, but the important issue is, is why did the brakes not work. number 6
  • Score: -12

10:18am Fri 20 Jun 14

calnetax says...

number 6 wrote:
VOSA regulations state that a vehicle must be fully functional to be on the public highway regardless of status, being agricultural or otherwise My point is, if the brakes do not respond then the vehicle should not have been on the road. This time the accident did not cause casualties, however, the outcome could have been different if the circumstances were. I'm not looking for an argument here, but the important issue is, is why did the brakes not work.
Number 6, i think you have misunderstood what happened here. The driver did not knowingly enter a vehicle that he knew the brakes had failed before setting off.

The brakes failed in transit, which could happen to any vehicle. There is not a lot you can do if the brakes are working at the start of your journey and then suffer a failure.

That is why the driver is being given praise for a brave decision in tough circumstances.
[quote][p][bold]number 6[/bold] wrote: VOSA regulations state that a vehicle must be fully functional to be on the public highway regardless of status, being agricultural or otherwise My point is, if the brakes do not respond then the vehicle should not have been on the road. This time the accident did not cause casualties, however, the outcome could have been different if the circumstances were. I'm not looking for an argument here, but the important issue is, is why did the brakes not work.[/p][/quote]Number 6, i think you have misunderstood what happened here. The driver did not knowingly enter a vehicle that he knew the brakes had failed before setting off. The brakes failed in transit, which could happen to any vehicle. There is not a lot you can do if the brakes are working at the start of your journey and then suffer a failure. That is why the driver is being given praise for a brave decision in tough circumstances. calnetax
  • Score: 14

7:40pm Fri 20 Jun 14

MrRogerC says...

number 6 wrote:
VOSA regulations state that a vehicle must be fully functional to be on the public highway regardless of status, being agricultural or otherwise My point is, if the brakes do not respond then the vehicle should not have been on the road. This time the accident did not cause casualties, however, the outcome could have been different if the circumstances were. I'm not looking for an argument here, but the important issue is, is why did the brakes not work.
If this was the case, and every road vehicle was 100% fully functional with no possibility of any kind of on the move failure, then there would be no need for the the AA, RAC etc. Faults happen unexpectedly, your suggestion that the driver willing got into his truck with no brakes is preposterous. As for the reason the brakes did not work, there are many components that can fail out of the blue, for example, burst brake line, master cylinder failure but most likely a simple rubber seal inside one of the individual brake cylinders, I've had these fail whilst on the move and it isn't a nice feeling, it will render brakes totally inoperative and there is little no warning of impending failure.The driver of the truck took sensible evasive action with very little time to make the decision, good on him.
So in summary I trust you inspect your vehicle for every possible failure before you go out in it??
[quote][p][bold]number 6[/bold] wrote: VOSA regulations state that a vehicle must be fully functional to be on the public highway regardless of status, being agricultural or otherwise My point is, if the brakes do not respond then the vehicle should not have been on the road. This time the accident did not cause casualties, however, the outcome could have been different if the circumstances were. I'm not looking for an argument here, but the important issue is, is why did the brakes not work.[/p][/quote]If this was the case, and every road vehicle was 100% fully functional with no possibility of any kind of on the move failure, then there would be no need for the the AA, RAC etc. Faults happen unexpectedly, your suggestion that the driver willing got into his truck with no brakes is preposterous. As for the reason the brakes did not work, there are many components that can fail out of the blue, for example, burst brake line, master cylinder failure but most likely a simple rubber seal inside one of the individual brake cylinders, I've had these fail whilst on the move and it isn't a nice feeling, it will render brakes totally inoperative and there is little no warning of impending failure.The driver of the truck took sensible evasive action with very little time to make the decision, good on him. So in summary I trust you inspect your vehicle for every possible failure before you go out in it?? MrRogerC
  • Score: 8

7:59pm Fri 20 Jun 14

politepanda says...

number 6 wrote:
VOSA regulations state that a vehicle must be fully functional to be on the public highway regardless of status, being agricultural or otherwise My point is, if the brakes do not respond then the vehicle should not have been on the road. This time the accident did not cause casualties, however, the outcome could have been different if the circumstances were. I'm not looking for an argument here, but the important issue is, is why did the brakes not work.
then perhaps you should think before posting argumentative comments. You are clearly NOT knowledgeable in the field of motor mechanics.
[quote][p][bold]number 6[/bold] wrote: VOSA regulations state that a vehicle must be fully functional to be on the public highway regardless of status, being agricultural or otherwise My point is, if the brakes do not respond then the vehicle should not have been on the road. This time the accident did not cause casualties, however, the outcome could have been different if the circumstances were. I'm not looking for an argument here, but the important issue is, is why did the brakes not work.[/p][/quote]then perhaps you should think before posting argumentative comments. You are clearly NOT knowledgeable in the field of motor mechanics. politepanda
  • Score: 8

9:51pm Fri 20 Jun 14

number 6 says...

OK, I stand defeated.
OK, I stand defeated. number 6
  • Score: 5

11:19pm Mon 23 Jun 14

ace reporter says...

Doesn't look very roadworthy to me in the picture, it's got no lights is covered inn rust and shouldn't be on the road
Doesn't look very roadworthy to me in the picture, it's got no lights is covered inn rust and shouldn't be on the road ace reporter
  • Score: -5

11:52pm Mon 23 Jun 14

djqster says...

ace reporter wrote:
Doesn't look very roadworthy to me in the picture, it's got no lights is covered inn rust and shouldn't be on the road
Wow everyone's an expert.
Don't see any rust on it, and it's an RB44 4x4 with a raised ride height so the headlamps are moved down to the bumper.

Who knows why the brakes failed. One thing's for sure. You won't find out by reading these comments pages.
[quote][p][bold]ace reporter[/bold] wrote: Doesn't look very roadworthy to me in the picture, it's got no lights is covered inn rust and shouldn't be on the road[/p][/quote]Wow everyone's an expert. Don't see any rust on it, and it's an RB44 4x4 with a raised ride height so the headlamps are moved down to the bumper. Who knows why the brakes failed. One thing's for sure. You won't find out by reading these comments pages. djqster
  • Score: 5

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