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Kier worker suffers serious injuries in Somerset crash

A Kier employee working under the Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has suffered life-changing injuries after being involved in a vehicle collision.

Avon and Somerset Police said that a recycling lorry and a tipper truck were involved in the crash on the A361 at Holwell Hill, near Nunney, on Monday.

Four people were injured, including two loaders on the recycling vehicle and its driver, and the driver of the other vehicle. But it was one of the passengers inside the recycling vehicle who suffered life-changing injuries.

Kier holds the SWP contract for household waste collections. A company spokesperson said: “Following an incident on Monday afternoon, three operatives were taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

“We are offering support and counselling to their families and colleagues during this time, and are supporting the police with their ongoing investigation.”

SWP said: “We were shocked and saddened to learn of a serious accident. Our sympathy and best wishes for a speedy recovery go to all those injured, and to their families.

“We would also like to thank the emergency services and medical staff for their swift response.”

Avon and Somerset Police said: “Police were called at 3.50pm on Monday 1 April to a report of a collision on the A361.

“Two lorries were involved in the collision which blocked the road. Fire and ambulance also attended. Four male casualties were reported from the scene.

“The driver and one passenger from the recycling lorry have injuries not believed life-changing. The other passenger has life-changing injuries.

“The driver of the tipper truck has injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

“The road was closed to allow emergency services to deal with the incident, while specialist collision investigators examined the scene and until the vehicles could be recovered. The road was reopened just after 10.15pm.”

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