Lorry driver hailed as storm hero


Shane Brennan

A RUTHIN lorry driver has been praised for helping people off the Nant y Garth pass during last week’s storm.

Phil Hazel, who drives a timber lorry, was driving down the pass on Wednesday evening as winds were picking up.

The high winds led to trees falling trapping several vehicles on the pass.

Mr Hazel was able to move trees out of the way and clear a path down for th trapped vehicles.

Almost a dozen trees fell while Mr Hazel was on the pass and he was the last one off the path.

Mr Hazel said: “At the time I wasn’t scared just focused on the job at hand. But I was fully aware of the risks as I did lose one of my colleagues a few years ago at work.

The driver of the JCB had a close escape as well. In the end I think I was the last one off the pass.”

Mr Hazel was also assisted by a JCB and a colleague who works for the same firm as him, Les Hughes & Son.

Ruthin town councillor Geraint Woolford, who was on the pass at the time, said: “I wish to convey my thanks to Phil and others who worked so hard to open the road. It was potentially a very dangerous situation and was a frightening experience. I was so relieved to get home that night and know that without the hard work and kindness of these people I could have been stuck there for a very long time.”

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