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Telehandler falls with workmen inside at Beautiful Days festival

By NDJJosephW  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

  • Pictures from the scene of the rescue by Spencer Dixon.

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A CRANE toppled over with a man suspended above the ground in the attached cage and another in the cab driving it, causing serious injuries at the Beautiful Days music festival in Escot Park.

With one man harnessed in the cage and the other manouvering it, the telehandler fell on its side, breaking the man’s leg and leaving the man in the cab with head injuries.

The workmen were dismantling some structures on the site after the music festival had finished and the incident happened at 11.30am this morning, said a Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Spokesman.

The Devon Air Ambulance sent both its helicopters and each man was individually airlifted to Derriford hospital in Plymouth.

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Two fire engines from Honiton and Sidmouth and a heavy rescue vehicle from Middlemoor were sent this morning after reports of a telehandler which had fallen onto its side.

It was first thought that two people were trapped underneath the telehandler.

Firefighters helped paramedics get the men to the air ambulance.

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