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Coroner calls for Leeds death junction to be closed after death of Sowerby Bridge man

Edward Slaney, 35, from Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, who died after being crushed by the truck that was blown off all four wheels in a notoriously windy area near a Leeds skyscraper

Edward Slaney, 35, from Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, who died after being crushed by the truck that was blown off all four wheels in a notoriously windy area near a Leeds skyscraper

A major traffic route into a city centre should be closed in high winds according to a coroner at an inquest into the death of a Sowerby Bridge man hit by a lorry that flew through the air “like a hot air balloon”.

Deputy West Yorkshire Coroner Melanie Williamson made the recommendation at the conclusion of the inquest into the death of Edward Slaney in Leeds in March 2011.

Dr Slaney died when a curtain-sided lorry took off during high winds around the base of the 30-storey Bridgewater Place tower in Leeds - the tallest building in Yorkshire.

Following a narrative verdict, Ms Williamson said she was recommending that Leeds City Council closed the road where Dr Slaney died when wind speeds reached 20 metres per second - about 45mph.

The road - at the junction of Neville Street and Water Lane - is the main route into the city centre from the south, including the M1 and M62 motorways.

The coroner said she appreciated her recommendation would not be “looked upon with favour” by the local authority.

 
 
 

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