UK NEWS: Policeman calmly requests backup after ‘a lorry has just toppled onto my patrol car’

A lorry toppled onto a police car in Scotland during high winds. Credit: PA

A POLICE officer called in to request the closure of a busy road in Scotland after a lorry toppled over on to his patrol car during high winds.

Footage of the incident was posted on Twitter by Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, Head of the Road Policing Unit, where he said he was “relieved that one of my road patrol sergeants was not seriously injured.” The video was then shared thousands of times by social media users and appeared in various news stations across the country.

Mr Carle said that during the call, the sergeant said: “We need to close the A1 now: a lorry has just toppled on to my patrol car. And I just polished it yesterday!”

He said that he nearly spit out his mug of tea when he heard the news, describing the officer, who has been named as Sergeant Easton, “was as cool as a cucumber” during the incident involving his BMW.

As Euro Weekly News understands, the calm policeman was unharmed and no-one else was seriously injured, but the accident did cause huge traffic delays as the road remained closed until 10pm.

At the time, the static police vehicle was “carrying out scene protection” after another lorry had toppled over between the two carriageways on the A1 between Haddington and Dunbar at around 10.15am on Tuesday, December 10.

It was the second incident recorded of lorries toppling over on the road due to severe weather on Tuesday. Earlier that day, 2 HGVs toppled over between Innerwick and Skateraw in East Lothian, leaving the road blocked in both directions. SAccording to the police, thankfully, no one was injured in any of the accidents. 

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