Fire crew cut hole in van after collision with scaffolding

Dartmouth Fire Station were called to a van that had collided with scaffolding while trying to board the lower ferry. 

The Dartmouth Lower Ferry at Kingswear - credit David Dixon, Geograph

Dartmouth Fire Crew were called when the driver of the van, which had been trying to board the Lower Ferry, hadn't noticed the scaffolding on the building next to him and impaled the vehicle. 

A spokesperson for Dartmouth Fire Crew said: "Unfortunately the driver hadn't noticed the scaffolding surrounding the nearside building and the scaffolding pierced the side of the van. There was a real danger of the scaffolding collapsing as the driver tried to move the vehicle backwards and forwards so was told to stop immediately."

The fire officer in charge made the decision to cut a hole in the side of the van, around the scaffold pole, with a Makita saw and allowed the van to be driven off safely. 

The scaffolding company was called to ensure the structure was still safe. 

As of now we have been unable to find any photos of the incident, if you have any, contact us on 


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