UPDATE: Man crushed by crate in Horsham

HOR 121011 Accident at rear of Superdrug, Horsham. photo by derek martin

HOR 121011 Accident at rear of Superdrug, Horsham. photo by derek martin

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A DELIVERY man has suffered leg, arm and abdominal injuries after he was crushed by a large crate in Horsham this morning (Wednesday 12).

Emergency services were scrambled to the back of Swan Walk shopping centre, off the Carfax, as the man was reported to be ‘crying out in pain’.

South East Coast Ambulance staff rushed to the scene around 9am to find the driver lying at the back of a Superdrug lorry.

One witness said the man was ‘screaming’ and ‘crying out in pain’ as the heavy crate loaded with confectionary and other items came crashing down on him.

An air ambulance landed in Horsham Park at 9.25am and three members of crew were seen bolting through the town centre.

Screens were erected and a cordon was quickly set up as a number of paramedics attempted to recover the conscious man.

A spokesman for Sussex Air Ambulance said: “We got called in by an ambulance at the scene.

“A male in his 30s fell from a height and sustained leg, arm and abdominal injuries.

“He was treated at the scene before being taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton within 25 minutes. A doctor and paramedic from the air ambulance went with him.”

It took the service just ten minutes to reach the incident from its Dunsfold base.

A spokesperson from Superdrug said: “We can confirm there was an incident at our Horsham store this morning concerning one of our delivery drivers who is now being treated in hospital.

“The health and safety of our customers and colleagues is always our primary concern; at this time our priority is the wellbeing of our colleague, and we will be offering any help we can to aid his recovery.”

For the full story and photographs of the rescue pick up tomorrow’s West Sussex County Times (Thursday 13).

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