A lorry driver has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after a crash in Bedworth this morning (Friday).
The dustbin lorry smashed in to railings next to a traffic light crossing in Nuneaton Road at around 8.45am and police, fire crews and an ambulance were all called to the scene.
Officers helped direct traffic while the driver was treated by medics from West Midlands Ambulance Service and then taken to George Eliot Hospital.
And Warwickshire Police has this afternoon revealed that the driver – a 45-year-old man from Solihull – was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.
He has since been released under investigation.
Ambulance and fire statements
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 8.51am to reports of a lorry that had crashed into railings on Nuneaton Road.
“One ambulance attended the scene. Crews treated one patient, a man, for injuries not believed to be serious before he was taken to George Eliot hospital for further assessment.”
A Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were alerted at 8.47am to reports of an incident involving a HGV on Nuneaton Road, Bedworth.
“One appliance attended the scene and found the vehicle had collided with railing.
“The driver was unharmed and able to exit the vehicle safely. There was some damage to the railings.
“Crews were detained at the scene for around 30 minutes. “
Company to investigate
A spokesman for the lorry company, Fortress, said: “We would like to thank the emergency services for the prompt response today and thankfully no-one was hurt.
“We will be carrying out a full investigation in to the accident and have no further comment at this time.”