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In a pickle...forklift truck driver buried under tons of cheese

Published 07/05/2016

The man taken to hospital in Telford.
The man taken to hospital in Telford.

A forklift truck driver who was buried under tons of cheese for eight hours amazed rescue workers after emerging unscathed.

The man, named by the BBC as Tomasz Wiszniewski, was trapped after shelves at the food distribution warehouse collapsed on Friday morning.

Specialist urban search and rescue teams from the West Midlands, Merseyside, and Leicestershire, including sniffer dogs, were involved in trying to pull the Polish worker from the wreckage inside the 60m building at the depot of haulage firm Edwards Transport in Hinstock, Shropshire.

But while an onlooker had to be treated for shock, they were gobsmacked as Mr Wiszniewski emerged without having been harmed.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "Astonishingly, after so long trapped under the contents of the warehouse, the worker was able to walk out of the warehouse.

"He was then assessed by the paramedics from the hazardous area response team and was subsequently taken to Princess Royal Hospital (in Telford) as a precaution, but he appears uninjured."

His colleague Debbie Belcher told the BBC: "The sense of relief is just immense. We couldn't have hoped for a better outcome."

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