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Lorry driver's lucky escape after smashing into garden

The lorry came to rest in a front garden
The lorry came to rest in a front garden Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man was lucky to escape serious injury after the lorry he was driving smashed through a wall, a tree and telegraph pole before eventually stopping in a front garden in Stoke-on-Trent.

It happened on the A53 Leek Road at around 10am, and two ambulances and a paramedic attended the scene.

Crews arrived to find a lorry in the front garden of a property. A wall, tree, telegraph pole and various other items had been damaged in the collision.

The driver of the lorry, a man in his 20s, was treated by ambulance staff for a minor head injury. A woman in her 70s, who witnessed the incident, was in shock and also required treatment. Both were taken to University Hospital North Staffordshire as a precaution.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman

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Fresh warnings over swimming in quarry lakes

A quarry lake in Worcestershire where a teenager died swimming last year
A quarry lake in Worcestershire where a teenager died swimming last year Credit: ITV News Central

Quarry operators across the Midlands are warning young people about the dangers of swimming in quarry lakes as the warm weather continues.

Four young men have died in quarry lakes since May, and the campaign is being supported by Stephen Harris, whose 18-year-old son died after falling into a quarry lake in Nuneaton in 2009.

The number of young people who may be tempted to swim in them increases during the school holidays.

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6-year-old has brake embedded in leg after bike fall

A 6-year-old girl has been rushed to hospital after a brake lever from a bike was embedded in her leg
A 6-year-old girl has been rushed to hospital after a brake lever from a bike was embedded in her leg Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A 6-year-old girl has been rushed to hospital after a brake lever from a bike was embedded in her leg in a freak accident in Birmingham.

She had been cycling on a dirt track yesterday afternoon in a park off Pithall Road in the Shard End area when she fell and the brake lever went into her thigh.

The first crew on scene requested firefighters come and remove the handlebars from the bike so that the lever could be kept in place as she was taken to hospital. The girl was given pain relief and sedated by the doctor before he travelled with her to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where the lever could be removed."

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Plane crash victims families to meet with Prime Minister

Richard Mayne, 20, was an undergraduate student at Leeds University.
Richard Mayne, 20, was an undergraduate student at Leeds University. Credit: Facebook / Richard Mayne

The parents of Richard Mayne from Leicester who was killed when a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in Ukraine are expected to meet the Prime Minister today.

It's thought the family of Loughborough University student Ben Pocock, along with the families of the 9 other Britons killed, will also attend the meeting with David Cameron.

They died in the crash almost a fortnight ago.

Ben Pocock was studying at Loughborough University and originally from Bristol
Ben Pocock was studying at Loughborough University and originally from Bristol Credit: Facebook picture
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