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Ladder used as bridge to cross ditch to rescue trucker after ditch crash in Tillery Lane, Brookland

By Sam Lennon

A lorry driver had to be rescued after his truck overturned and fell into a ditch.

Rescuers had to use a fire engine ladder as bridge to cross the ditch to reach him.

A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Crews used a 13.5 metre ladder to get to him.”

The overturned lorry at Brookland. Picture courtesy of South East Coast Ambulance Service.

Emergency services were called just before 7.30am today to Tillery Lane in Brookland after the lorry had rolled on its side.

A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The driver had got out of the vehicle but was trapped on the other side of the ditch because of leg and spinal pain.”

Both firefighters and paramedics crossed to reach him.

SECamb said that the victim was conscious but confused, which made them suspect that he had initially been knocked out cold.

A fire engine ladder used to rescue a driver after his lorry rolled into a ditch at Brookland. Picture courtesy of South East Coast Ambulance Service.

He was taken to Ashford’s Willliam Harvey Hospital with injuries such as suspected spinal by 8.45am.

The ambulance personnel involved were the service’s HART (Hazardous Area Response Team) and paramedics from one land ambulance and one car.

One fire engine from New Romney was also involved in the rescue.

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