A LORRY driver has thanked the “brilliant” emergency services after his vehicle overturned in gale force winds.
David Evison, of Normanby, Middlesbrough, was heading home from Whitby Industrial Estate on the A171 near Ugthorpe Lodge when the accident happened.
Mr Evison said: “The first thing I remember was waking up in hospital.
“The officer that was first on the scene thought I was dead, he thought no one could survive that.
Eye-witnesses claimed that the strong gales caused Mr Evison’s vehicle to swerve into the middle of the road before tipping it over.
Other vehicles were forced to break suddenly and swerve to avoid the lorry, which came to rest on its side, leaving Mr Evison trapped inside.
Firefighters from Danby, Lythe and Malton had to cut a hole in the lorry’s roof to take out the steering wheel so Mr Evison could be freed.
He was then taken by ambulance to James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough.
Whilst Mr Evison was being cut out of his lorry, the emergency services informed his wife, Caroline.
She said: “It was just an awful experience.
“I was frantic, but I actually made it to the hospital before David.
“The ambulance had a lot of trouble with the wind, they thought it was going to make them tip over as well.
“On the whole, with the injuries he came away with, it’s a complete miracle.”
Mr Evison suffered five broken ribs and his front teeth have been knocked out.
He added: “I had just had them done, but I guess it could have been worse than just the way I look.”
After three days in hospital Mr Evison, who works for haulage firm Ward Bros, was discharged, and he is now recovering at home, but so far he can not remember anything from the accident.
Mrs Evison said: “None of us really knew anything until the police officer gave me a call yesterday and described the scene.
“When he has recovered his dad is going to take him along the road to see if anything comes back to him, to see if he regains any memories of the event.”
Mrs Evison is also keen to praise the emergency services.
She added: “It was awful but it could have been much worse, he has been very lucky.
“I would like to say a thank you to the emergency services.
“You do not realise, until you are in this position, how wonderfully they do their jobs.”
Mr Evison’s children learned of their father’s accident after their mother failed to pick them up after school.
She said: “We have got three little boys and they knew something was not right straight away.
“The little one was absolutely devastated and he still looks at his father differently, and not just because now he doesn’t have his two front teeth.”