UPDATED: Tractor trailer overturns on Poole roundabout

Bournemouth Echo: Picture: Jon Beal Picture: Jon Beal

AN overturned trailer spewed tonnes of wood chippings on the pavement outside Poole's Dolphin Shopping Centre this morning.

Fortunately no-one was walking along the pavement at the time and there were no taxis waiting in the rank on the George Roundabout.

The trailer turned on its side, blocking the entrance to the taxi rank. The chipped conifers rained down on the pavement, their force buckling the railings.

Tractor driver Peter Cox was driving the eight tonne trailer from Parkstone Golf Course to Wimborne when the incident happened.

“I was coming round the roundabout and it just went,” he said. “Before I could do anything it was too late and it was gone.”

He added: “If the trailer hadn't come away from the tractor, it would have turned the tractor over as well.”

The tractor kept going, coming to a halt further round the roundabout.

Dolphin Centre staff were quickly on the scene with brooms to clear a path through for shoppers.

Eye-witness Philip Gray, 47, from Parkstone said he moved back when he saw it coming. “I could see it was going to tip over,” he said. “There was no-one in the way.”

Poole Daily Echo front office staff also heard the bang and saw the trailer slew across the road and come to a halt infront of them.

“I heard a noise,” said Pam Orchard. “All of a sudden I saw the container just literally drifting towards me, I could hear it falling. It banged onto the pavement and luckily there was nobody there. What a mess.”

Colleague Marie Stuart said: “I heard an almighty crash. I thought it was a car crash. It could have been a lot worse.”

Traffic was still flowing freely around the roundbout at lunchtime as a gang of men with spades started to clear up the spilt chippings although More Bus were reporting delays to all their services from Poole Bus Station.

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11:30am Wed 9 Jan 13

darkphnx says...

Better reduce the speed limit on the roundabout.
Better reduce the speed limit on the roundabout. darkphnx
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11:32am Wed 9 Jan 13

adamcooke says...

They're going to need a bigger broom!
They're going to need a bigger broom! adamcooke
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11:45am Wed 9 Jan 13

speedy231278 says...

Quick! Send the camera car out and get them for incorrect parking!!
Quick! Send the camera car out and get them for incorrect parking!! speedy231278
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11:55am Wed 9 Jan 13

Melanie.Read12 says...

It's made a right mess that one, but at least the council won't have to re-mulch the border plants in the spring now.
It's made a right mess that one, but at least the council won't have to re-mulch the border plants in the spring now. Melanie.Read12
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12:24pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Holes Bay Curve says...

Good job the guy in the tractor doesn't drive buses.
Good job the guy in the tractor doesn't drive buses. Holes Bay Curve
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1:52pm Wed 9 Jan 13

funkyferret says...

"Do you want chips with that..?"
"Do you want chips with that..?" funkyferret
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2:01pm Wed 9 Jan 13

l'anglais says...

funkyferret wrote:
"Do you want chips with that..?"
It really isn't the time or the plaice
[quote][p][bold]funkyferret[/bold] wrote: "Do you want chips with that..?"[/p][/quote]It really isn't the time or the plaice l'anglais
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2:33pm Wed 9 Jan 13

suzigirl says...

You just wooden believe it!
You just wooden believe it! suzigirl
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3:17pm Wed 9 Jan 13

John T says...

l'anglais wrote:
funkyferret wrote:
"Do you want chips with that..?"
It really isn't the time or the plaice
Yeah, I have always thought the Dolphin Centre is a plaice with no sole.
[quote][p][bold]l'anglais[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]funkyferret[/bold] wrote: "Do you want chips with that..?"[/p][/quote]It really isn't the time or the plaice[/p][/quote]Yeah, I have always thought the Dolphin Centre is a plaice with no sole. John T
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4:25pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Pezza1040 says...

Eye-witness Philip Gray, 47, from Parkstone said he moved back when he saw it coming. “I could see it was going to tip over,” he said. “There was no-one in the way.”

If you could see it was going to tip over why didn't you inform the tractor driver of his unsteady trailer before this accident happened.
Either the echo has made you sound like an idiot, your psychic or you haven't chosen your words very well!!
Eye-witness Philip Gray, 47, from Parkstone said he moved back when he saw it coming. “I could see it was going to tip over,” he said. “There was no-one in the way.” If you could see it was going to tip over why didn't you inform the tractor driver of his unsteady trailer before this accident happened. Either the echo has made you sound like an idiot, your psychic or you haven't chosen your words very well!! Pezza1040
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4:51pm Wed 9 Jan 13

lionheart says...

Any pedestrian in the way of that wood have had their chips!
Any pedestrian in the way of that wood have had their chips! lionheart
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4:56pm Wed 9 Jan 13

jemima36 says...

"If you could see it was going to tip over why didn't you inform the tractor driver of his unsteady trailer before this accident happened."

How do you inform a tractor driver, he isnt going to be paying much attention to a pedestrian on the side of a roundabout behind a barrier and small trees?
"If you could see it was going to tip over why didn't you inform the tractor driver of his unsteady trailer before this accident happened." How do you inform a tractor driver, he isnt going to be paying much attention to a pedestrian on the side of a roundabout behind a barrier and small trees? jemima36
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4:57pm Wed 9 Jan 13

John T says...

lionheart wrote:
Any pedestrian in the way of that wood have had their chips!
Mind you, the insurance company would have said it was a con if.. er they thought they could get out of paying any claim!
[quote][p][bold]lionheart[/bold] wrote: Any pedestrian in the way of that wood have had their chips![/p][/quote]Mind you, the insurance company would have said it was a con if.. er they thought they could get out of paying any claim! John T
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12:41am Thu 10 Jan 13

paul.p says...

Maybe the Tractor driver needs a new sat-nav....Parkstone Golf course to the George roundabout then to Wimborne...ex Taxi driver maybe?
Maybe the Tractor driver needs a new sat-nav....Parkstone Golf course to the George roundabout then to Wimborne...ex Taxi driver maybe? paul.p
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9:27am Thu 10 Jan 13

uvox44 says...

wonder the whole lot didn't go up in flames from a discarded cigarette as Poole seems to be in a 70's time warp as far as everyone seems to be (illegally) smoking in the bus station and surrounding area, looks like an episode of Life on Mars down there! It would be difficult to find a more unhealthy population if you tried..
wonder the whole lot didn't go up in flames from a discarded cigarette as Poole seems to be in a 70's time warp as far as everyone seems to be (illegally) smoking in the bus station and surrounding area, looks like an episode of Life on Mars down there! It would be difficult to find a more unhealthy population if you tried.. uvox44
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1:25pm Thu 10 Jan 13

yesbut says...

Looks like someone's been barking up the wrong tree to me
Looks like someone's been barking up the wrong tree to me yesbut
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2:45pm Thu 10 Jan 13

MMM444 says...

jemima36 wrote:
"If you could see it was going to tip over why didn't you inform the tractor driver of his unsteady trailer before this accident happened."

How do you inform a tractor driver, he isnt going to be paying much attention to a pedestrian on the side of a roundabout behind a barrier and small trees?
Well said jemima36, got to be the comment of the year that has, What a muppet
[quote][p][bold]jemima36[/bold] wrote: "If you could see it was going to tip over why didn't you inform the tractor driver of his unsteady trailer before this accident happened." How do you inform a tractor driver, he isnt going to be paying much attention to a pedestrian on the side of a roundabout behind a barrier and small trees?[/p][/quote]Well said jemima36, got to be the comment of the year that has, What a muppet MMM444
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3:08pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Dorset Logic says...

Pezza1040 says...
4:25pm Wed 9 Jan 13

If you could see it was going to tip over why didn't you inform the tractor driver of his unsteady trailer before this accident happened......


I agree - he should have run into the dolphin centre and got the security tapes of outside, then he should have gone to the civic centre police station and using the police software look at the tapes and check to see who the driver was. Once he'd done that, he could have, looked up the correct mobile number and told the driver that his trailer was tipping over and that he should get out and stop it from falling over. Mind you he would have had to have done it fairly quick.

Muppet x2
Pezza1040 says... 4:25pm Wed 9 Jan 13 If you could see it was going to tip over why didn't you inform the tractor driver of his unsteady trailer before this accident happened...... I agree - he should have run into the dolphin centre and got the security tapes of outside, then he should have gone to the civic centre police station and using the police software look at the tapes and check to see who the driver was. Once he'd done that, he could have, looked up the correct mobile number and told the driver that his trailer was tipping over and that he should get out and stop it from falling over. Mind you he would have had to have done it fairly quick. Muppet x2 Dorset Logic
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7:50pm Thu 10 Jan 13

roamer100 says...

Should a tractor (agricultural machinery) really be allowed to drive through a town centre? These machines are not build with any pedestrian safety in mind like modern cars. they should stick to the farm where they are designed for. Surely the load could have been moved with a lorry designed for the road.
Should a tractor (agricultural machinery) really be allowed to drive through a town centre? These machines are not build with any pedestrian safety in mind like modern cars. they should stick to the farm where they are designed for. Surely the load could have been moved with a lorry designed for the road. roamer100
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9:18pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Curly Jefferson says...

Dorset Logic wrote:
Pezza1040 says...
4:25pm Wed 9 Jan 13

If you could see it was going to tip over why didn't you inform the tractor driver of his unsteady trailer before this accident happened......


I agree - he should have run into the dolphin centre and got the security tapes of outside, then he should have gone to the civic centre police station and using the police software look at the tapes and check to see who the driver was. Once he'd done that, he could have, looked up the correct mobile number and told the driver that his trailer was tipping over and that he should get out and stop it from falling over. Mind you he would have had to have done it fairly quick.

Muppet x2
Instead of doing that, it would be much more amusing to go and find a giant model of a hamster and place it onto the pile of chippings..
[quote][p][bold]Dorset Logic[/bold] wrote: Pezza1040 says... 4:25pm Wed 9 Jan 13 If you could see it was going to tip over why didn't you inform the tractor driver of his unsteady trailer before this accident happened...... I agree - he should have run into the dolphin centre and got the security tapes of outside, then he should have gone to the civic centre police station and using the police software look at the tapes and check to see who the driver was. Once he'd done that, he could have, looked up the correct mobile number and told the driver that his trailer was tipping over and that he should get out and stop it from falling over. Mind you he would have had to have done it fairly quick. Muppet x2[/p][/quote]Instead of doing that, it would be much more amusing to go and find a giant model of a hamster and place it onto the pile of chippings.. Curly Jefferson
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11:18am Fri 11 Jan 13

Dorset Logic says...

Some people never seem to get over others smoking, must cause internal damage the stress of others smoking even if you dont breath in their smoke. Please seek treatment to help you get over it.. p.s I dont smoke and I couldnt give a flying f about people smoking at the bus station, better that than on the bus like you could once. LIGHTEN UP
Some people never seem to get over others smoking, must cause internal damage the stress of others smoking even if you dont breath in their smoke. Please seek treatment to help you get over it.. p.s I dont smoke and I couldnt give a flying f about people smoking at the bus station, better that than on the bus like you could once. LIGHTEN UP Dorset Logic
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8:26pm Fri 11 Jan 13

uvox44 says...

hmm Dorset Logic you might need to get some therapy as you seem to be getting very worked up over someone elses concerns- personally it doesn't bother me that much what others get worked up about- LIGHTEN UP YOURESLF!
hmm Dorset Logic you might need to get some therapy as you seem to be getting very worked up over someone elses concerns- personally it doesn't bother me that much what others get worked up about- LIGHTEN UP YOURESLF! uvox44
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6:44am Sat 12 Jan 13

MMM444 says...

uvox44 wrote:
hmm Dorset Logic you might need to get some therapy as you seem to be getting very worked up over someone elses concerns- personally it doesn't bother me that much what others get worked up about- LIGHTEN UP YOURESLF!
Calm YOURSELF! down uvox4
LIGHTEN UP
[quote][p][bold]uvox44[/bold] wrote: hmm Dorset Logic you might need to get some therapy as you seem to be getting very worked up over someone elses concerns- personally it doesn't bother me that much what others get worked up about- LIGHTEN UP YOURESLF![/p][/quote]Calm YOURSELF! down uvox4 LIGHTEN UP MMM444
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