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Shoppers witness fatal telehandler accident

21 Jul 11 A telehandler operator was killed on a Costain site in Newbury yesterday when his machine overturned and crushed him.

The 41-year-old Oxfordshire man was pronounced dead at the scene, on the site of a new £150m shopping centre in Newbury’s Northbrook Street.

With the Health & Safety Executive investigating, few details of how the accident happened have yet to be released. However, it appears that the machine was loading up a pallet of concrete blocks at the time.

The incident was witnessed by local shoppers who could only look on in horror. One eyewitness reported: "The small tractor and the digger had a collision and the digger tipped over. There were concrete blocks lying everywhere."

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