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FALLING CONCRETE SLABS CAUSE M1 FATALITY

Concrete products traveling to construction site crush lorry driver 

A lorry driver has died after concrete slabs fell from his trailer at the Tibshelf Services on the M1 in Derbyshire on 12 January. Firefighters tried to release the father-of-one and paramedics fought to save him but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Travis Hale, aged 45, of Rocester, died when the 3.5m slab fell on top of him as he walked around his truck. It is believed Mr Hale had stopped to check the load.  

Police to check storage arrangements

A Derbyshire Police spokeswoman said the panels were being carried upright on a flat-bed articulated trailer, towed by a white Volvo tractor unit. A joint HSE / Police has begun into the death of the man from Uttoxeter.

The police spokesperson said:

“The vehicle was carrying some pre-made panels from a construction site. They have the appearance of pre-past, concrete slabs.

We will be interviewing people who work for the firm. We are working with HSE and will check the vehicle to see how the concrete was stored.”

Officers investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident want to hear from anyone who saw the lorry as it travelled between Derby and Tibshelf and anyone who saw it parked up between 2.50pm and 3.35pm, when tragedy struck.

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