Northern Ireland

Derry: Runaway lorry crashes into Foyleside Shopping Centre

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionRunaway lorry rolls down hill in Londonderry, crashing into wall of shopping centre

A runaway lorry has rolled down a hill in Londonderry, crashed into the wall of a shopping centre and become lodged under a footbridge.

It happened outside Foyleside Shopping Centre in the city centre on Sunday.

Police said the lorry "rolled away" as it was being unloaded in Ferryquay Street at about 04:45 BST.

It rolled down Linenhall Street and Newmarket Street, hitting walls, traffic lights, bollards and a car before crashing into the building.

Image copyright Adrian Logan
Image caption It is believed the lorry was in collision with another vehicle and flattened a number of bollards outside the Millennium Forum

No-one was injured in the incident but significant damage was caused.

'Flattened'

Is it not yet known if the lorry rolled away because of human error, a mechanical fault or if passers-by released the handbrake.

Image copyright Adrian Logan
Image caption A wall outside Foyleside Shopping Centre has also been damaged in the crash

Police have appealed for witnesses and said they were "particularly keen to speak with three young males who were in the area of Ferryquay Street around the time of the incident".

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionLorry rolls down steep streets, hitting walls, traffic lights and shopping centre bridge.

SDLP councillor John Boyle said the lorry "flattened" a number of bollards outside the Millennium Forum before ending up under the bridge.

Image copyright Adrian Logan
Image caption Roads around the scene of the crash were closed but the shopping centre remained open to the public

Mr Boyle said significant damage has been caused to parts of Linenhall Street.

There was a lengthy operation to remove the lorry from the scene.

Image copyright Adrian Logan
Image caption The crash happened at the bottom of a steep street in the city centre

More on this story