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Man hit by tree at CIWM

The end of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) annual conference and exhibition was plunged into chaos when a man was injured following a vehicle hitting a tree as it attempted to leave the site.

As the show was packing up at around 5pm, a lorry reversed into a tree opposite the Inn on the Green pub in Paignton, Devon, the tree fell over and hit a man causing him minor shoulder injuries.

This led to disruption including the main road outside of the site being closed until well after 6pm.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "A man was treated for minor injuries after a lorry reversed into a tree. He refused treatment by the ambulance, but later went to hospital for a check-up. The accident caused disruption to people leaving the CIWM site."

Torbay Council is currently investigating the accident. A spokesman said: "It is still with our risk management team. The tree was inspected recently and was found to be safe above ground. But we need to find out what went wrong underneath."

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