COUNCIL workers had a lucky escape after a bin wagon careered off a rural country lane.
The wagon toppled over and landed in a ditch after leaving the road on Tongues Lane, Preesall.
The three staff inside miraculously escaped unhurt following the terrifying incident on Thursday morning.
Local resident William Cody spotted the stricken wagon and said: “The tipper is on its side and went over with four men in it.
“There’s quite a lot of damage – it’s like a scene of devastation.
“It looks like it went of the road, smashed into a telegraph pole and then went over.
“They’re trying to pull it out with a bulldozer.”
The wagon belongs to Fylde Council – which runs the waste contract for Wyre Council – and all three workers were employed there.
They were taken to hospital following the incident but were declared fit to return to work yesterday.
Kathy Winstanley, Fylde Council’s contract manager, said: “The vehicle went off the road and we are investigating why.
“There were three staff in the wagon and all three were taken to hospital for check-ups.
“They were found to be ok and all three turned up for work yesterday.
“There’s been a delay in moving it due to the fact when it fell in landed on a BT telephone pole.
“So we had to wait for them to do their work before we were able to move it.
“It’s very unfortunate but we are relieved nobody was hurt. We minimised problems to residents because we sent out another vehicle, so no household collections were missed although some may have been slightly delayed.”