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Man dies in M25 Buckinghamshire cherry-picker fall

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Media captionThe cherry-picker collapsed at a yard near to the motorway

A man has died after a cherry-picker access platform crashed on to the M25 in Buckinghamshire.

The man, who is believed to have fallen off the platform which was in a yard beside the motorway, died at the scene.

Emergency services were called just after 09:20 BST after reports it had ended up on the anti-clockwise carriageway, near junction 15.

A South Central Ambulance Service spokesman said the platform was thought to have fallen 130ft (40m).

Found on motorway

He said an air ambulance and two land ambulances were called to the scene, close to Palmer's Moor Lane, in Iver.

The dead man was found on the motorway, the spokesman said.

The nearside lane was closed following the accident and traffic queues stretched back to junction 18, causing delays of up to 90 minutes.

The lane was reopened at about 15:00 BST.

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said two of its inspectors attended the scene.

In a statement the manufacturer of the lift, US-based Terex Aerial Work Platforms, said it was "extremely saddened" to hear of the accident, involving a Genie Z-135 model.

"Our foremost concern at this moment is for the accident victim's grieving family. We express our deepest condolences to the family," it said.

"Terex AWP has despatched technical experts to the scene and is working with experts to support the determination of the root cause of this tragic accident.

"We will also fully cooperate with authorities during their investigation to understand the cause of the accident."

It said it would be "inappropriate to make any judgements at this stage" but added that the machines were safe to use provided they were in proper working order and operators were trained and followed the warnings and instructions found on them.

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