Sunday, December 10

Lorry driver dies after crashing into lamppost in Lewisham during height of Storm Doris winds



A lorry driver has died after crashing into a lamppost on a busy south-east London road.

The vehicle was left precariously balanced after the collision on Lewisham Way in New Cross at around 2.30pm on Thursday.

Emergency services propped the lorry up with two metal poles to prevent strong winds from Storm Doris blowing it over.

Police said it is under investigation whether the severe winds, which ripped out trees and caused transport chaos across London, played a part in the crash.

However, it is not believed that another vehicle was involved.

The driver, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

Road closures were put in place on Lewisham Way while emergency services dealt with the crash scene, near the junction with Amersham Road.

Pictures posted to social media showed firefighters, police officers and paramedics gathered around the lorry.

Detectives from the Serious Collision Investigation unit continue to investigate.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to police on 0208 285 1574 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.