TRAFFIC chaos was caused on Hucknall bypass when a high-sided lorry overturned in strong winds.
The vehicle was blown over as it negotiated the traffic island at the Nottingham Road end of the bypass just before 2 pm on Monday (September 12).
Gusts which reached 45mph in Nottinghamshire on the day have been blamed.
The police had to close part of the bypass, plus Nottingham Road and Hucknall Lane, for more than five-and-a-half hours.
Paramedics rescued the driver from the white DAF truck with the help of firefighters. The man was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham for treatment to minor injuries.
No other vehicles were involved and no-one else was injured.
The aftermath of the crash was seen by Mazhar-ul Qayyam, the well-known owner of the Mughal Indian takeaway and restaurant on Annesley Road, Hucknall.
Mazhar, who is better known as Maz, said: “It was pretty chaotic. It was a big blow for everyone who was in the area. The traffic was terrible.
“It took more than an hour to rescue the driver. He is lucky that he was OK and no vehicles were at the side when it overturned. It could have been a real tragedy if someone had been walking along the pavement at the time.”
Neil Chauntry, a firefighter based at Hucknall, was among the emergency services called to the scene.
He said: “We assisted the ambulance service in getting the driver out and making sure the vehicle was safe.
“The man inside was complaining of spinal pains but his injuries weren’t serious. I think a lot of it was shock.”
It took several hours to remove the lorry.