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Driver died after being trapped between lorry trailer and wall

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Original article from Kent Live

A lorry driver died after being crushed between a railway bridge and a trailer in Ashford while directing another HGV.

Romanian-born Teofil Bunea was a passenger in a vehicle heading for the Ashford International truck stop on December 15 last year.

After delivering strawberries to Maidstone with driver Costica Munteanu, the pair, who were being guided by a Satnav, took a wrong turn at a roundabout in Sevington.

This saw them take the first exit onto Church Road, which then led them to Cheeseman's Green Lane, an inquest at Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone heard yesterday (April 26).

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This road led to a narrow railway bridge, over the Eurostar track, which had an immediate sharp left hand turn ahead.

After coming face to face with another HGV, at around 7.45pm, Teofil jumped out and began to speak with the other driver about how both the large vehicles could pass each other, according to a written statement from DC Holmes.

Teofil then proceeded to help reverse the Scania around the left turn, placing himself in front of the vehicle to direct Costica.

Costica later told police he could see Teofil through the window as he reversed.

But seconds later he lost sight of him.

Teofil and Costica were driving their HGV over the Railway bridge in Cheeseman's Green Lane in Kingsnorth, Ashford

A loud scream was heard, which made Costica stop reversing immediately, and he saw Teofil pinned between the bridge wall and the lorry trailer.

Costica helped Teofil into the lorry and continued to drive until they could find a safe space to stop, and call for medical help.

It later emerged Teofil suffered from multiple "fatal" injuries, including fractures to the ribs, pelvis, arm and 'disruption' to the spleen. He'd also suffered internal bruising.

He was pronounced dead shortly after 11pm, two to three miles away from the scene of the incident in Ashford.

Coroner Katrina Hepburn concluded the incident as a "misadventure" saying the "injuries caused his death and the collision caused those injuries".

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