Fatal crane accident at Tilbury Docks

The East of England Ambulance Service was called to the docks at 1.37pm today (October 23) following reports that a crane driver was involved in a serious accident.

A rapid response vehicle was on scene in five minutes, backed up soon after by an ambulance crew, Thurrock’s acting duty manager Ian Bruce, and the air ambulance.

RRV paramedic Ricky Walker said: “When I arrived I was shown where the crane had toppled over onto its side. On these cranes, the driver’s cab is situated about 10 feet from the ground, and in this case the impact had caused the driver to fall out through the glass cab.

“His colleagues were initially able to speak to him and to give him reassurance that help had arrived.”

Ian added: “We worked very hard to save the patient, including life-support and other critical care procedures. However, despite all of our care and treatment, his condition rapidly deteriorated and we sadly declared the patient deceased at the scene. Our thoughts are with the family.”

The driver is believed to have been in his mid-40s and from the local area.

No other casualties were involved in the incident.

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