Cattle lorry collides with scaffolding

Nobody was injured in the incident. Credit: @RountreeTryon

Firefighters from Midhurst were called out to an unusual incident the morning: a lorry full of cows had completely taken out a large amount of scaffolding in Petworth Market Square.

The lorry appears to have arrived from Germany, meaning the driver could have underestimated how close he was to the scaffolding, with the drivers' seat being on the left-hand side.

Thankfully, as it was early in the morning, they managed to avoid injuring anyone. Although those living by no-doubt had a rude awakening.

Scaffolders and fire crews have been working to make the site safe. Credit: @43Midhurst

Staff from the Rountree Tyron Gallery, situated nearby, were at the scene this morning and said they hoped it would be cleared up by lunchtime as its the set-up day for the Petworth Park fair which starts tomorrow.

A spokesperson for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service said: “We were called at 6.22am this morning to reports that a large agricultural vehicle had collided with some scaffolding alongside a building on Market Square in Petworth".

“Officers from Sussex Police were also in attendance alongside contractors from West Sussex County Highways, who closed the road while work was carried out by scaffolders to make the scene safe".

“Firefighters remained on scene and liaised with the RSPCA to ensure the welfare of the animals being transported in the vehicle before booking away from the scene shortly after 11am. The road was reopened at 11.45am. There are still some minor works ongoing at the site, but the road is open and traffic is flowing.”