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Lorry driver forced to abandon ship on flooded A1101 at Welney ‘not to blame’

Driver’s work colleague says ‘it is not the lorry driver’s fault’

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A colleague of the driver from Essex based Armour Transport stuck on the flooded Welney Wash road on the A1101 has sprung to his defence. Gary says his colleague driver “swerved” to avoid a car coming towards him.

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

“He was driving like a *** and the lorry driver went near the edge of the road,” he posted to social media.

Gary says the edge of the road loomed and his colleague’s lorry “gave way and went into the ditch.

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

“Now the tide has come in, he is worried it is going to go over as his loaded box and trailer is sinking”.

He added: “It is not the lorry driver’s fault.”

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

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Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

Photos of the lorry prompted yet more warnings to drivers – of all types of vehicle – to avoid Welney and find a different route to cross from Cambridgeshire in Norfolk.

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

Welney Flood Watch, a local Facebook group that checks the route daily, says part of the road is now 4ft deep but higher in places.

It says dozens of visitors were attracted to the village at the weekend to see the floods.

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

“It was nice to see so many visitors and villagers enjoying the spectacle yesterday afternoon, we just need a burger van now!!,” said the Facebook page administrator.

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

Abandoned lorry on Welney Wash road, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. PHOTO: Bav Media

But on a serious note, added: “For those that use the road, find another route this week.”

 

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