Driver tells of his fatal crash horror

PUBLISHED: 13:49 17 February 2006 | UPDATED: 21:42 28 May 2010

The scene of the wreck

The scene of the wreck

A FENLAND lorry driver whose vehicle was involved in Tuesday s fatal horror crash in Lincolnshire has told how the collision unfolded around him. Brian Thompson, 59, who drives for Wimblington-based haulier Knowles Transport, was delivering canned food fr

Brian Thompson

A FENLAND lorry driver whose vehicle was involved in Tuesday's fatal horror crash in Lincolnshire has told how the collision unfolded around him.

Brian Thompson, 59, who drives for Wimblington-based haulier Knowles Transport, was delivering canned food from his firm's Wisbech depot to a cash and carry at Langley Mills, Nottinghamshire.

He began his run at 3.30am on Tuesday and by 5am was on the A52 approaching the Lincolnshire-Nottinghamshire border, when the accident happened.

"I was driving along and I saw something flash in my mirror," he said.

Mr Thompson, of Terrington St John, said he knew something bad was about to happen and he braced himself for any impact.

He said he recalled seeing a mini-bus, which was involved in the crash, and said he thinks it could have knocked into his vehicle during the accident.

Mr Thompson said: "I just held on to my steering wheel to stop me losing control, so I didn't go into any other traffic.

"I would think my knuckles would have been white as I tried to keep the lorry straight on the road.

"All I could hear was banging and glass flying, my lorry was just shaking from side to side. It was like being in something stronger than a gale force wind, but I just didn't want to lose control."

Mr Thompson said he pulled over to the side of the road and dealt with a piece of metal, which was hanging from his vehicle as a result of him being involved in the collision.

He said another driver who had passed the scene of the crash came up to him and said: "There is nothing you can do. You don't want to go down there, it's a hell of a mess."

Mr Thompson, who was not injured in the crash, said he would be off work for the rest of the week but he expected to return to driving lorries.

"It's unreal. I've been driving for 37 years and this is the first accident I've been in," he said.

Five out of the six people killed in the accident were migrant workers, believed to have been from the Grantham area.

The other dead man was driving a Hovis bread lorry which was involved.

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