Council contractor's van crashes into tree in Sheffield

Southey Green Road, where the crash happened (Google)
Southey Green Road, where the crash happened (Google)
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An employee has been taken to hospital after a street maintenance van crashed into a tree in Sheffield.

The vehicle hit a tree on Southey Green Road, in Southey Green, this morning at around 9am.

The employee - believed to be the driver - was taken to hospital 'as a precautionary measure'.

The van was part of the fleet carrying out the Streets Ahead programme, a £2 billion contract between Sheffield Council and private firm Amey to improve and maintain the city's roads and footpaths over 25 years.

A spokeswoman for Streets Ahead said: "We can confirm that one of our vehicles was involved in a road traffic collision this morning and our employee was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. We are currently conducting a full investigation into the incident and cannot comment further at this time."

She refused to comment upon a report the crash happened after the driver was taken suddenly ill at the wheel of the vehicle.

Campaigners have criticised the Streets Ahead scheme over the felling of what it says are healthy trees on the city's pavements.

But the council has defended the work, saying those trees were damaging the streets and new ones are being planted in their place.