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Lorry careers off road and lands in grounds of Lanarkshire secondary school

A lorry careered off a busy Bellshill road in the early hours of this morning, crashing into the grounds of a Lanarkshire school.

The driver is understood to have crossed the central reservation of the A725, known locally as Bogs Brae, ending up down an embankment behind football pitches at Cardinal Newman High School.

The incident happened at around 3.50am on Friday, August 27, hours before pupils were due in school.

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However, the vehicle was still perched over the embankment as students arrived for classes this morning.

No one was hurt as a result of the crash.

Lorry careers off road and lands in grounds of Lanarkshire secondary school

The incident happened at Cardinal Newman High School in Bellshill (Image: Mo Ruddy)

Recovery of the lorry took place today as students watched on with concern for the driver.

No disruption was caused to pupils or staff over the course of today.

In a letter sent to parents/carers of pupils at the school this morning, Mr Robert Smith, said: “You may be aware that a heavy goods vehicle travelling North on the Bogs Brae shortly before 4am this morning, crossed the central reservation and finished up face down on the embankment behind the school MUGA. Emergency and medical services attended.

“No one was injured, no other vehicle was involved and the driver walked away from his cab unharmed.

“I have shared all of the details with our young people who’s main concern was for the driver and other road users.

“I have just met with the vehicle recovery team and preparatory work is now underway so that the vehicle can be lifted back onto the carriageway with no disruption to the work of the school or the safety of the children.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were made aware of a crash involving a lorry which left the A725 near Bellshill around 3.50am on Friday, August 27.

“There are no reported injuries and recovery has been arranged for the vehicle.”



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