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Driver has a lucky escape as lorry hired by TV production firm plunges into Bristol harbour

Driver has a lucky escape as lorry hired by TV production firm plunges into Bristol harbour

  • A HGV owned by a TV production company plunged into Bristol harbour today 
  • The lorry reversed through a metal railing and fell into the water around 6am
  • The driver was able to escape to safety without suffering any injury 
  • A major operation is underway in an effort to prevent the truck sinking further 


A lorry has plunged into the water at Bristol’s Floating Harbour this morning.

The truck was carrying costumes for the hit BBC TV show The Outlaws, starring Stephen Merchant. 

Filming has been thrown into chaos after the lorry reversed through a metal railing and fell into the water, leaving the 40ft trailer partially submerged. 

Luckily, the driver escaped without injury.  

Witnesses said it appears to have somehow reversed through the barriers and was left teetering on the edge.

Filming was taking place in the area and production staff have now confirmed the vehicle was full of costumes from The Outlaws. 

A 38-tonne truck reversed through a railing and into the water at Bristol Harbour earlier today

A HGV driver had a lucky escape after his trailer plunged into Bristol Harbour earlier today

A HGV driver had a lucky escape after his trailer plunged into Bristol Harbour earlier today

The lorry, which is owned by a TV production company, reversed through a metal railing and toppled over the edge of the quay

Luckily the driver escaped without suffering any serious injury, emergency services confirmed

Luckily the driver escaped without suffering any serious injury, emergency services confirmed

Season One is due to premiere on BBC One on Monday, October 25 at 9pm – and filming had been taking place in Bristol for the second season.

A production spokesperson said: ‘An accident occurred involving one of our production vehicles.

‘No one was hurt or in the vehicle. We are investigating what happened and working on removing the vehicle as quickly and safely as possible.’

The incident happened next to the ‘Revolucion de Cuba’ and just along from the ‘V-Shed’ JD Whetherspoons pub, in sight of Peros Bridge.

Avon Fire and Rescue were sent to the scene this morning to assist with the incident.

The driver of the vehicle is reportedly ‘shaken up but not injured’ according to police.

Recovery of the vehicle was launched with a large salvage truck arriving to remove it from the water via crane and winch. 

Avon Fire and Rescue said: ‘On arrival, crews found one HGV submerged in the water, the driver had already made it to safety.

‘The truck is now fully in the docks and believed to be sinking. Nearby boats are being evacuated and cordons are being put in place.

‘We currently have three fire appliances, one heavy rescue tender and a boat on the scene and firefighters are currently using two winches in an attempt to secure the lorry.

‘The Harbourmaster and Bristol City Council have been informed of the incident. Ambulance crews are also on the scene.’

The trailer, pictured, had been rented by its owner to another company

The trailer, pictured, had been rented by its owner to another company 

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