Runaway truck disaster narrowly averted: a recent special service incident in Sheffield could have been much worse, although when crews arrived on scene it was to 140m trail of devastation stretching down a steep hill in the city centre.(Special Services)

The initial call fire control was received at 1534, two appliances were mobilised to the incident, and because a large lorry was involved, the heavy rescue incident support unit was also mobilised.

On arrival SubO French faced an initial incident on a long steep hill. There was a child in the roadway with head injuries, a four wheel drive vehicle on its roof nearby and approximately 50-60m down the road, a blue car with extensive damage with a female driver trapped inside.

But, the accident did not stop there, a further 50 60m down the hill there was a severely damaged red vehicle that, in another life, may well have been a van. This vehicle was rammed up against a tree. …

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