Lorries blow over as winds wreak havoc

This lorry was also blown over at Blue Bank on Friday
This lorry was also blown over at Blue Bank on Friday
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GALE force winds wreaked havoc across the Whitby area on Friday, resulting in road accidents as well as near misses.

Trees were blown down, tiles flew off rooves and gates were ripped from their hinges as strong gusts battered the area.

The driver of this lorry had to be rescued by emergency services after it blew over in high winds close to the Ugthorpe turn-off on the A171 Whitby to Guisborough Road.

The driver of this lorry had to be rescued by emergency services after it blew over in high winds close to the Ugthorpe turn-off on the A171 Whitby to Guisborough Road.

At around 1pm, a lorry was blown onto its side on the A171 Whitby to Guisborough Road near Ugthorpe Lodge.

The driver, a 37-year-old man from Middlesbrough, was trapped by his legs and had to be cut out by the emergency services.

Firefighters from Danby, Lythe and Malton had to cut a hole in the lorry’s roof to take out the steering wheel so he could be freed.

An eye witness told the Whitby Gazette other motorists had to take avoiding action and swerve out of the way of the lorry, which veered onto the wrong side of the road.

This caravan blew over on Friday and is perched on a bank on the A169 road near Blue Bank.

This caravan blew over on Friday and is perched on a bank on the A169 road near Blue Bank.

Police shut the road to traffic while efforts were made to rescue the man, who worked for haulage firm, Ward Bros.

He was taken to James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, by ambulance with suspected broken ribs.

The road was re-opened around an hour and a half later.

In Whitby town centre a lorry was hit by a roof tile which flew off Trenchers restaurant in New Quay Road.

A caravan being towed by a car ended up on its sides while travelling along the A169 Whitby to Pickering road near the Goathland turn-off.

And as a lorry pulled into the layby to help, it also overturned.

The incidents prompted North Yorkshire County Council’s Highways department to shut the road for a time to high sided vehicles between Pickering and Ellerbeck.

Later that afternoon, firefighters dealt with two incidents in Whitby.

Crews from Scarborough and Lythe removed an unstable chimney pot from a house in John Street just before 5pm.

And around half an hour later, crews from Scarborough and Robin Hood’s Bay were sent to Upgang Lane after reports of a TV aerial hanging off the roof but on arrival, the firefighters did not take any action.

The following day, police received a report of a street lamp which had bent over at West Barnby just before 1pm.