A man has been charged by police after a runaway lorry brought chaos to Stonehaven town centre when it rolled down a hill, ricocheting off, and damaging a dozen cars.
Eye witnesses told how the driver was thrown from his cab, and had to run down the street desperately shouting for everyone to get out of the way. People at the scene were amazed that no one had been injured or killed. The truck had been parked up and was making a delivery on Evan Street when it suddenly started to move and then career down the road. The truck was finally stopped when it crushed a black Vauxhall Corsa at the bottom of the road and reports suggest that the truck was travelling at less than 15mph. The incident forced the street to be closed for four hours to allow all the damaged vehicles to be removed. The incident means that companies who gave a motor insurance quote to the car owners involved will be receiving claims in the very near future.
Onlooker Neil Prichard, 34, said “The driver was screaming for people to get out of the way. He tried to jump back in, and just after he jumped back in he was thrown out. I’m still in shock. I’ve never seen anything like it. I thought someone had been killed or badly hurt but everyone seems to be OK. The driver was inconsolable and in tears and shock, as you’d expect. It was very scary, and amazing that no one has been badly injured.”
Grampian police reported that calls surrounding the incident started at around 4.15pm, with onlookers stating a lorry was out of control. Initially some of the reports claimed that people were trapped in vehicles which thankfully turned out to be false. All bar three of the damaged vehicles were empty and parked up, of the three cars that were occupied none of the occupants were injured. A spokeswoman for the Scottish ambulance service confirmed that they had attended the scene but were not required.