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Roadsweeper injured in early morning van crash

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 19, 2014

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A COUNCIL worker was rushed to hospital after his road-sweeping machine was involved in a crash with another vehicle.

An ambulance and rapid response paramedic rushed to the scene near Burton Library, off High Street, at around 8am yesterday morning following frantic calls from members of the public.

Witnesses revealed that the roadsweeper and a white van crashed into each other and the impact saw the entire glass frontage of the council-owned vehicle – which has a top speed of 10mph - shatter and scatter across the road.

The male driver, who is employed by East Staffordshire Borough Council to operate the road-sweeping machine, was taken to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital after complaining of neck and head pain.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We can confirm that we were called to an incident involving a road-sweeping machine and another vehicle in Burton on Wednesday morning.

“The crash has reportedly taken place outside or neat to Burton Library.

“An ambulance and rapid response paramedic were dispatched to the scene by control room staff.

“After an initial inspection, the driver of the roadsweeper was found to be suffering from pain in both his neck and head.

“The decision was made to take the driver to hospital as a precaution.

“The driver of the other vehicle involved was looked over at the scene and he was found to require no treatment.”

A spokesman from East Staffordshire Borough Council told the Mail: “There was a minor incident yesterday morning when a car reversed out of a drive, and collided with one of our small sweepers.

“The driver was taken to hospital as a precaution.”

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