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Watford Jewson warehouse crash lorry 'holding up roof'

Truck in the front of the warehouse
Image caption The lorry struck the warehouse as it arrived to collect waste
Truck surrounded by debris in warehouse
Image caption Biffa said its driver was taken to hospital but later released
Side view of truck in warehouse
Image caption Branch manager Sam Williamson said "several tonnes of masonry" fell down
Pile of bricks by the truck's wheels
Image caption Biffa said it was conducting an investigation into the incident

A refuse lorry which crashed into a warehouse has not been removed because it is "holding the roof up", the building's manager has said.

The Biffa truck was collecting waste from the Jewson building in Watford when it crashed at about 11:15 GMT.

Branch manager Sam Williamson said the driver, who was taken to hospital and later discharged, "had a very, very lucky escape".

Biffa said it was carrying out an investigation into the crash.

No one was in the warehouse at the time.

Mr Williamson said the crash had caused several tonnes of masonry and a reinforced concrete beam which "carries the main power supply" to come down on the lorry.

"A few more inches and it could have been through the windscreen," he said.

"We were closed briefly while a structural engineer surveyed the damage and carried out safety checks.

"The lorry's going to stay there until the beam can be removed, because frankly that's what's holding the roof up at the moment."

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