Sheffield council worker’s ‘out of control’ grass cutter overturns and crushes parked car

A council worker had an incredible lucky escape after the grass cutter he was driving went out of control in and overturned onto a parked car, crushing its bonnet.

Friday, 4th June 2021, 12:38 pm

Remarkably the council worker walked away with only minor injuries after he was left dangling from his seatbelt following the crash in Walkley.

The driver of the crushed Peugeot, Donna Beech, had parked it up just minutes earlier to pop into a nearby shop.

Husband Chris Beech sent these dramatic pictures of the incident after his Peugeot bonnet was flattened last Thursday.

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The grass cutter overturned and crushed a car bonnet in Walkley.

Chris, owner of butchers Beeches of Walkley said: “The council lad was cutting grass and he was aiming for Ruskin Park.

"He came down our road which is quite steep.

“He found he was drifting to one side and he lost control so he maneuvered.

“He lost control and it toppled over straight on top of my Peugeot."

The driver of a council grass cutter had a lucky escape after his vehicle overturned and crushed a car in Walkley.

He said Donna had gone for a sandwich and parked the car up. The next thing she knew there had been a big bang.

“Luckily the young lad who was driving it wasn’t seriously injured,” said Chris.

"He was wearing his seatbelt so that coupled with landing on the car probably saved his life.

“She went outside and the lad had managed to free himself from his seatbelt and everything. He was ever so upset.

The grass cutter overturned and crushed a car bonnet in Walkley.

“The main thing is nobody was hurt. He was so lucky.

“When I got there straight away I just asked him if he wanted a cup of tea.”

“His manager came out and they had to bring a couple of trucks to get it off the top of our car because those grass cutters are really heavy."

Ruth Bell, Head of Parks & Countryside said: “We can confirm that an incident occurred on Thursday of last week with one of our mowing vehicles. We would like to thank Mr Beech for the kindness he showed to the employee involved, who was understandably shaken, immediately after the incident. We have since been in contact with Mr Beech and confirmed this matter is being dealt with by our insurers.”

The crumpled bonnet of the Peugeot.