Man, 23, was bringing in cockles when he was crashed by truck in old Leigh

The air ambulance takes off from outside Leigh cocklesheds. Picture by Echo photographer Steve O'Connell

Air Ambulance hovering over Leigh cocklesheds. Image courtesy of Stephen Noakes

Police and paramedics attend the scene at the cocklesheds

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A MAN is in a stable condition in hospital after he was crushed by a forklift truck in old Leigh.

The 23-year-old man, who was bringing in cockles at the time of the incident, was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital at 2.40pm.

The man was trapped by the neck in the incident, but fishermen came to his aid and used a cherry picker to move the forklift truck off him.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust dispatched a rapid response vehicle, ambulance, paramedic officer and the Herts Air Ambulance to the scene

The man had suffered neck and chest injuries and was taken 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.”

Full story in tomorrow's Echo.

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8:06pm Mon 20 Jan 14

LeighCommuter says...

And there you were thinking YOU had a bad day!
And there you were thinking YOU had a bad day! LeighCommuter
  • Score: -16

8:28am Tue 21 Jan 14

ds090565 says...

nice to see the echo got it wrong again it was not cockles it was bags of mussels,and he is now stable
nice to see the echo got it wrong again it was not cockles it was bags of mussels,and he is now stable ds090565
  • Score: 2

8:45am Tue 21 Jan 14

Vange Resident says...

I hope he recovers quickly and is back on his feet with no bad effects!
I hope he recovers quickly and is back on his feet with no bad effects! Vange Resident
  • Score: 20

12:48pm Tue 21 Jan 14

FRed.i.Am says...

ds090565 wrote:
nice to see the echo got it wrong again it was not cockles it was bags of mussels,and he is now stable
Correct. They never let the truth get in the way of a story. Can't wait to see what trash they print in the follow up.
[quote][p][bold]ds090565[/bold] wrote: nice to see the echo got it wrong again it was not cockles it was bags of mussels,and he is now stable[/p][/quote]Correct. They never let the truth get in the way of a story. Can't wait to see what trash they print in the follow up. FRed.i.Am
  • Score: 1

2:23pm Tue 21 Jan 14

the citizen says...

"Crashed by a truck..." Who writes this stuff?
"Crashed by a truck..." Who writes this stuff? the citizen
  • Score: 5

3:45pm Tue 21 Jan 14

FRed.i.Am says...

Like all the boat n fishing blokes at Old Leigh he was doing a good job.Being a hard worker he still didn't go to work monday to get hurt.
The truck must have had other ideas IF like the ECHO states,he was attacked by a truck.
What next trees jumping out in front of cranes? Fingers crossed that Milo will recover and get his arse back to work asap.
Good luck fella. Beer and a cigar awaits.
Like all the boat n fishing blokes at Old Leigh he was doing a good job.Being a hard worker he still didn't go to work monday to get hurt. The truck must have had other ideas IF like the ECHO states,he was attacked by a truck. What next trees jumping out in front of cranes? Fingers crossed that Milo will recover and get his arse back to work asap. Good luck fella. Beer and a cigar awaits. FRed.i.Am
  • Score: 15

8:29pm Wed 22 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

the citizen wrote:
"Crashed by a truck..." Who writes this stuff?
"Annie Hayes"....it says so just above the photo.
[quote][p][bold]the citizen[/bold] wrote: "Crashed by a truck..." Who writes this stuff?[/p][/quote]"Annie Hayes"....it says so just above the photo. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 1

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