Driver hurt as quarry truck overturns

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A LORRY driver was taken to hospital after his vehicle overturned as he unloaded materials at a quarry this morning.

The 54-year-old man was trapped for around 40 minutes after the 18-tonne lorry lost balance and plunged on to its side at the Hillwood Quarry at Newbridge, West Lothian at around 4am.

The driver was stuck in his partially crushed cab and firefighters used cutting equipment to free him.

The Medic One trauma unit attended the incident and ambulance crews rushed him to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

The drivers suffered neck and back injuries, although he is not thought to be in a serious condition.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “The driver was not physically trapped, but was trapped by the cab around him.

“He was freed by 4.40am and transferred to the care of the ambulance service.”