Bin Lorry crash: ‘out of control’ as it crashes into shop on Bournville Green

A bin lorry, described as ‘out of control’ crashed into a hair salon on Bournville Green on Wednesday 3rd February at 3:30pm.

Sas and Co hair salon had its front window smashed but no-one was hurt in the incident. One staff member and a customer were in the salon at the time.

Salon owner Sarah Hartill said she believed the lorry, which had been emptying bins nearby, rolled backwards without the driver in its cab.

One eyewitness said the lorry had been emptying bins at the Birmingham City University campus (the former Cadbury Continuation College) when it started to roll back. It went across the road and over the pavement area.

The eyewitness said: “Absolute shocking driver was in and out of his cab messing around and ranting on about postcodes for his paperwork.”

Louise Harris, store manager for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice shop nearby, broke the news on Facebook: “Breaking news! Bin van out of control rolls into hairdressers.”

Some of the force of the vehicle was stopped by a metal bollard in front of the shop but the lorry continued into the front window.

Police and the fire service were on scene quickly.

The lorry belonged to Veolia and was not a city council bin lorry.

In a statement, Veolia said: “We can confirm that at around 3.30pm on 3 February 2016 one of our vehicles was involved in an incident at Bournville Green, Birmingham. Police were immediately called to the scene.

“We take health and safety extremely seriously and a full investigation into this incident is currently being carried out.”

  (above pic via Louise Harris on Facebook)