Driver dies as his 130-tonne mobile crane falls off a hillside road.Health and safety bosses are investigating after this tragic accident.
The vehicle hit an earth bank and fell from the road near Scout Moor wind farm leaving a 49-year-old man trapped inside.
Police said Lindsay Easton had been working on the hill-top turbine site, near Edenfield, Ramsbottom, and was travelling down the private road in convoy with other vehicles when the tragedy happened.
Although no other vehicles were involved in the accident, a cast of fire crews, paramedics and a police helicopter were all sent to the scene just before midday on Monday.
“The unfortunate driver was pronounced dead at the scene and a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive had started and is on-going.” Said the Lancashire Police.
When asked about the incident, a spokesman said the following: “We are investigating an unexplained and tragic accident involving a vehicle, an eight-axle mobile crane.
“The vehicle left the road at Scout Moor Quarry and has come to a halt, leaving the driver hopelessly trapped.”
The victims next of kin were informed and his name and details were released on Tuesday.
John Taylor, of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said specialist urban search and rescue officers had been scrambled to the scene.
He said: “The crane hit an earth bank and collapsed. Sadly when the crews got there he was pronounced as dead. It’s a tragic thing.”
A local Crane Hire Firm, which has depots nationwide, confirmed the driver was one of its employees but did not want to comment further or divulge and further information on the matter.
The Health and Safety Executive sent two inspectors to the Scout Moor site to investigate.
A Peel Energy spokesperson, which owns the wind farm, said: “We are fully aware of the incident at Scout Moor on Monday and our deepest sympathies are with the family and relatives of the crane driver involved. We are working with the Health and Safety team to find out what happened.”
Earlier this week, the company opened talks with Rossendale Council about possible plans to double the number of turbines, which is already England’s largest inshore wind farm.