'Trapped cheese' worker's escape was 'astonishing'

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Media captionThe moment forklift driver Tomasz Wiszniewski is rescued

Rescue workers have described the moment a worker trapped under a "huge amount" of cheese walked away uninjured as "astonishing".

Forklift driver Tomasz Wiszniewski was trapped for eight hours after huge metal racking collapsed inside the warehouse in Hinstock, Shropshire.

Firefighters used a drone to locate him and had to cut into the side of the building to get him out.

He appeared to have been saved by a protective cage on his truck.

Image caption Mr Wiszniewski was saved by a cage on his forklift truck.

More than 50 firefighters worked on the operation at Edwards Transport on Friday, with crews drafted in from West Midlands, Merseyside and Leicestershire.

The first call was received at 9.40am and Mr Wiszniewski was eventually rescued shortly before 6pm.

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Image caption Rescue workers spent eight hours looking for Mr Wiszniewski under a pile of collapsed metal racking

Firefighters built a bridge of pallets to help him get out of the side of the building.

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

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Image caption Rescuers were faced with a mammoth task trying to find the worker amongst the twisted metal

"He was then assessed by the paramedics and taken to Princess Royal Hospital as a precaution, but he appeared uninjured."

Mr Wiszniewski smiled and chatted with ambulance crews after emerging from the wreckage. His family in Poland were informed he was safe and well.

Mark Edwards, of Edwards Transport, said on Saturday they were working hard to clear up after the incident and that it was hoped the business would be back up and running next week.

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Image caption Mr Wiszniewski was trapped under the boxes of cheese for eight hours

His colleague Debbie Belcher said there had been "complete fear and dread" when it emerged Mr Wiszniewski was trapped.

"The sense of relief is just immense," she said after he walked out.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue spokesman Malcolm Stevenson said an investigation was under way into how the racking collapsed.

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