Suffolk: Lorry Driver Crushed At Toyota Factory Worked For Felixstowe Haulier

23 January 2014, 13:14 | Updated: 23 January 2014, 13:23

A Suffolk lorry driver who died at a Toyota plant was killed while carrying out a delivery and collection, the company has said.

The 56-year-old man, whom Toyota has not named but worked for Goldstar Transport, a logistics company based in Felixstowe, died in the early hours of yesterday morning at the Derbyshire site after becoming trapped between two lorries.

A statement from Toyota said: "Further to the tragic, fatal accident that occurred at Toyota's vehicle manufacturing plant in Burnaston in the early hours of yesterday morning we can confirm that the lorry driver who died worked for Goldstar Transport, a logistics company based in Felixstowe.

"The driver was visiting the site in order to deliver a container of parts and to collect an empty container to return to Felixstowe.

"It was whilst making this delivery/collection that the accident occurred.''

A joint investigation has been launched by Derbyshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive into the incident.

A Derbyshire Police spokesman said: "Police and members of the Health and Safety Executive are investigating the death of a man at Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd.

"Officers were called to the factory in Burnaston at 12.40am today to a report of a man trapped between two lorries.

"The investigation is at an early stage but there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.

"The man, who is believed to be 56-years-old and not from Derbyshire, has not yet been formally identified.

"His family have been informed.''

Toyota said it was supporting the police and HSE with their inquiries.

The statement added: "Our thoughts continue to be with the driver's family and friends and we extend our sincere condolences to them.''