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Driver freed from lorry

PUBLISHED: 16:41 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:30 25 August 2010

A LORRY driver had to be cut free from the wreckage after a three-vehicle pile up.

A LORRY driver had to be cut free from the wreckage after a three-vehicle pile up.

Fire crews spent more than an hour cutting free a tipper driver after a stationary lorry smashed into him after another lorry collided with it at the exit of the Blackwall tunnel.

The southbound carriageway of the Blackwall Tunnel was closed for two hours after the incident at 5pm on Monday.

The 35-year-old driver of the tipper lorry was taken by ambulance to Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, Woolwich, with back and head injuries.

East Greenwich firefighter Simon Claydon said: "It was a three-lorry collision. One had smashed into a stationary lorry which had smashed into a tipper truck causing the driver to lose consciousness.

"We had to cut him out of the cab. It took us an hour-and-a-half to cut him free.

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