Lucky escape as effluent tanker overturns on main Falmouth to Helston road: PICTURE

Falmouth Packet: Tanker overturns on main Falmouth to Helston road: PICTURE Tanker overturns on main Falmouth to Helston road: PICTURE

A quick thinking tanker driver prevented possible serious injury or death when he rolled his vehicle full of effluent onto the verge on the main Falmouth to Helston road this morning to avoid a more serious crash.

The driver suffered possible head and back injuries when he drove his vehicle off the road by Crane Garage, at Herniss, to avoid a collision after vehicle ahead stopped suddenly.

Falmouth Fire Station watch manager Martin Addinall said the driver had demonstrated “very good driving skills” in avoiding a crash, after a car in front stopped to let another car across at a junction, meaning another lorry and a car in front of the tanker were forced to stop suddenly.

He said: “Although the lorry was on its side, he potentially saved a life because he was caught out by somebody cutting across or letting out on a junction. If he’d carried on he would have caught the car between two lorries.”

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5:41pm Fri 4 Jul 14

road_hogg says...

No accidents happen 'suddenly' - it's driver error on the tanker driver's fault.

He was obviously too close to the vehicle in front to stop within a safe distance and time. Should be charged with careless driving in my book.
No accidents happen 'suddenly' - it's driver error on the tanker driver's fault. He was obviously too close to the vehicle in front to stop within a safe distance and time. Should be charged with careless driving in my book. road_hogg
  • Score: 5

6:47pm Fri 4 Jul 14

mikeo371 says...

I agree with road hog driving to fast and close , They had another truck on its side on A30 some 18 months ago same thing too fast , I myself am a tanker driver , and I know my limits and don't go over them !!
I agree with road hog driving to fast and close , They had another truck on its side on A30 some 18 months ago same thing too fast , I myself am a tanker driver , and I know my limits and don't go over them !! mikeo371
  • Score: 5

7:07pm Fri 4 Jul 14

mr teasey says...

How can the fire brigade, comment by saying, he demonstrated good driving skills when he was driving far to fast.
the idiot could have killed someone.
He should be fined, that would teach him a lesson, instead he has been put on a pedestal. so he thinks hes a good driver.
Im a hgv driver myself.
How can the fire brigade, comment by saying, he demonstrated good driving skills when he was driving far to fast. the idiot could have killed someone. He should be fined, that would teach him a lesson, instead he has been put on a pedestal. so he thinks hes a good driver. Im a hgv driver myself. mr teasey
  • Score: 5

4:31pm Mon 7 Jul 14

cornish cactus says...

I drive this road everyday and it's plauged by idiots who think they know better than the road designer and highway code by stopping to let cars out of or into junctions
It's just as bad coming the other way before you get to the garage with cars actually slamming on the brakes and coming to a stop to let a car come out of the mabe road with a line of traffic behind thats coasting down from 60 to 30 for the villiage in that zone, crazy!
Thats not how junctions are meant to work.
It's exactly this misguided thinking that causes the huge tailbacks on the A30 between Zela and Mitchell Cross.
This junction in the report even has an area in the center of the road to allow a number of cars to wait for the gap without causing traffic to be held up.
Should the tanker driver have been far enough back he could stop in time if the cars infront emergancy stopped, maybe, but thats a long way and asking for an invite for someone to try and get out in the gap and then accelerating like their car may explode if they move too quick causing this exact problem
I drive this road everyday and it's plauged by idiots who think they know better than the road designer and highway code by stopping to let cars out of or into junctions It's just as bad coming the other way before you get to the garage with cars actually slamming on the brakes and coming to a stop to let a car come out of the mabe road with a line of traffic behind thats coasting down from 60 to 30 for the villiage in that zone, crazy! Thats not how junctions are meant to work. It's exactly this misguided thinking that causes the huge tailbacks on the A30 between Zela and Mitchell Cross. This junction in the report even has an area in the center of the road to allow a number of cars to wait for the gap without causing traffic to be held up. Should the tanker driver have been far enough back he could stop in time if the cars infront emergancy stopped, maybe, but thats a long way and asking for an invite for someone to try and get out in the gap and then accelerating like their car may explode if they move too quick causing this exact problem cornish cactus
  • Score: 0

4:48pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Windyourneckin2014 says...

The lorry driver wasn't driving too fast or too close and it did happen very suddenly. I don't see how you can make a judgement on his driving skills when you weren't even there. The accident was caused by a car driver not paying attention to the traffic on the road and pulling out without consideration for the oncoming traffic. Your comments are ignorant and idiotic.
The lorry driver wasn't driving too fast or too close and it did happen very suddenly. I don't see how you can make a judgement on his driving skills when you weren't even there. The accident was caused by a car driver not paying attention to the traffic on the road and pulling out without consideration for the oncoming traffic. Your comments are ignorant and idiotic. Windyourneckin2014
  • Score: 0
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