Lorry stuck in shopfront after reversing manoeuvre

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called after a HGV became stuck in Queen Street, Bedford PNL-160419-124015001
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called after a HGV became stuck in Queen Street, Bedford PNL-160419-124015001

Fire crews were called to Bedford to untangle a HGV which became stuck in a shop’s metal roller.

The large lorry severely damaged the front of a cornershop as it tried to negotiate a corner in Queen’s Street on Friday (April 15).

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called after a HGV became stuck in Queen Street, Bedford PNL-160419-124037001

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called after a HGV became stuck in Queen Street, Bedford PNL-160419-124037001

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Firefighters from Bedford were called to the incident at 7.31pm. When they arrived they found the HGV had severely damaged the frontage of the shop causing a serious risk to the public.

A spokesman said the lorry had been attempting to reverse back down Queen Street when it became caught in the metal roller shutter of a cornershop.

He said after assessing the situation firefighters discovered there was a gas main on the right-hand side of the shop, and an electrical supply on the left.

This made freeing the vehicle more complicated, and required the use of the Fire and Rescue Service’s Special Rescue Unit from Kempston.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called after a HGV became stuck in Queen Street, Bedford PNL-160419-124026001

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called after a HGV became stuck in Queen Street, Bedford PNL-160419-124026001

Using its specialist equipment firefighters first held the metal shutter in place while they released the lorry from it. The lorry then moved forward away from the shop front.

Firefighters then removed the damaged shutter from the shopfront to make it safe.

The incident was closed at 9.25pm.