Sheffield binman hit by car has life-threatening injuries

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A BINMAN was seriously injured after he was hit by a car which apparently mounted the kerb on a Sheffield street.

The 50-year-old Veolia worker was close to the fire service training centre on Beaver Hill Road, Handsworth, when the car allegedly ran on to the pavement and struck him.

Police said he was left with life-threatening head, neck chest and leg injuries.

He was taken to hospital and has been detained.

A 55-year-old man he was working with also suffered fractured ribs and a broken shoulder in the collision.

Police arrested a 26-year-old Woodhouse man, who was driving the Volkswagen Golf involved in the smash, on suspicion of dangerous driving.

He was still being questioned over the incident yesterday.

The collision was reported to emergency serviced at 8.25am on Thursday.

Police closed off the road while the casualties were dealt with before they were taken to hospital by ambulance.

A resident said the car involved in the collision mounted the pavement while a bin lorry was stationary on Beaver Hill Road while refuse collectors were emptying bins.

A witness to the collision, who was on the school run at the time, said: “It mounted the pavement to avoid the bin wagon and hit the binmen, taking out the bus stop and ending on the opposite side of the road.

“It was the most horrendous thing I have ever seen. I wish the binman all the luck for a recovery. This image has haunted and I will never forget it.”

* Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident 151 of February 23. Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555111.