Lucky escape for pub as overturned trailor destroys property

PUBLISHED: 16:59 16 August 2011

The overturned lorry outside the Duke's Head

The overturned lorry outside the Duke's Head

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A COUNTRY pub had a “lucky escape” after a trailer overturned on to their seating area.

The Duke’s Head in Hatfield Broad Oak will have to replace a bench which was destroyed by the falling bales of straw but owner Elizabeth Flodman told the Broadcast it could have been disastrous.

“Luckily there was nobody in the seating area at the time otherwise it could have been awful.”

Mrs Flodman was working the bar with one other member of staff when the tractor passed their window.

“I thought it was going too fast at the time; the next thing I heard was a big crash and all the furniture outside the pub was wiped out. It could have been a lot worse.”

The tractor was travelling along the B183 on Friday, August 12 around 3.30pm, when the accident took place.

A spokesman for the parish council told the Broadcast that discussions with the highways authority that come to no avail as there was no obvious way to improve the road.

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