Road worker dies after being ‘struck from behind by 15-ton lorry’

A road worker died after being struck from behind by a 15-ton lorry while on a night shift, according to reports.

The employee was reportedly dragged along the road for more than 15 feet by the plant machinery.

He is believed to have suffered serious head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the tragic incident on the busy A30 at Egham, Surrey.

The man, who was part of a team involved in roadworks, was struck from behind by the road sweeper lorry, reports claimed.

He was reportedly completely run over in the incident shortly before 1am on Friday.

An ambulance, a fast response car and an officer from the South East Coast Ambulance Trust all rushed to the scene at the Runnymede roundabout but there was nothing that could be done to save the road worker.

It is not known whether the victim was wearing a hi-visibility jacket.

The death is today being investigated by Surrey Police and the Health and Safety Executive.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: "Officers attended the road works at the Runnymede Roundabout, Egham, overnight following the death of a worker at the location.

"Surrey Police officers and paramedics from the ambulance service, were called at around 12.50am to reports that a man had been injured in a collision with plant machinery at the site.

"Sadly he passed away at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

"The Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the death."

The roadworks, which involved resurfacing and rebuilding, were due to last until the end of June. They started in July last year.

Details of the victim have not yet been released by police.

A post mortem examination is due to be carried out on his body to ascertain the exact cause of his death and an inquest will be opened and adjourned.

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