Leigh: Man Crushed By Forklift Truck

21 January 2014, 07:56 | Updated: 21 January 2014, 08:04

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A man has suffered neck and chest injuries after being crushed by a forklift truck in Leigh-on-Sea.

Paramedics were called to the High Street in Old Leigh at 2.38pm yesterday (Monday, 20 January) to reports of a truck that had toppled over and trapped a person's neck.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) dispatched a rapid response vehicle, ambulance, paramedic officer and the Herts Air Ambulance to the scene treating a man in his 20s for suspected neck and chest injuries.

The patient, who is thought to be in a stable condition, was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital for further treatment.

Duty manager for EEAST, Darren Reeves who attended the incident said: "Bystanders acted very quickly to help move the fork lift with a cherry picker, potentially saving this man?s life.

"The man was unconscious on our arrival, and emergency crews worked hard to stabilise him so that he could be airlifted to hospital."