Hero drivers pulled man from lorry wreck

An ELECTRICIAN today told how he pulled a driver to safety from an overturned lorry in Ipswich.

An ELECTRICIAN today told how he pulled a driver to safety from an overturned lorry in Ipswich.

Brian Impleton was travelling behind the truck, which was carrying scrap vehicles, when it toppled over on the Copdock Mill roundabout just after 9am today.

The 35-year-old said: “I was bumper to bumper with him.

“I saw the truck kick out and it went over. I managed to drive round the front of it and park.”

Dozens of tyres were thrown off the back of the lorry, luckily into woodland, while diesel leaked onto the road.

Had the incident happened just a few metres further ahead on the bridge over the A14, the tyres could have caused chaos and injury to motorists below.

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Mr Impleton and another motorist decided it was best to get the driver out of the cab because he was caught in an awkward position.

Mr Impleton, from Norwich, said: “I supported him through the sunroof and the other guy took his seatbelt off and held him out of his seat.

“He was then able to climb out through the side window. He was okay but shaken up.”

The driver, Steven Poundall, escaped without injury and spoke at the scene about how he feared for his life.

The 28-year-old from Rotherham was carrying scrap vehicles to Harwich when the vehicle flipped over just after the sliproad onto the London-bound A14 carriageway.

He said: “I was coming around the corner at about 15mph when the trailer went straight over. It was totally scary.

“Imagine your life in your own hands. I am thankful I had my seatbelt on. I am thankful no one was trying to undertake me.

“I am a bit shaken up. They did not have to help but they did. I would like to say a big thank you to them.”

Police closed part of the roundabout while the clean-up operation took place, causing delays to motorists travelling out of Ipswich.

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