AN investigation is under way after a Doncaster truck driver died while delivering Christmas food supplies.
The 65-year-old, who has not being named, is thought to have been crushed by a metal delivery cage as he made a delivery in West Yorkshire on Saturday morning.
Police and paramedics were called to a supermarket in Hebden Bridge following reports that a man had been trapped by the trolley, understood to be full of produce.
The man was making a delivering to the Oasis Nisa Local store in Crown Street when the incident happened at around 9am.
Officers from West Yorkshire Police sealed off the scene and confirmed that an investigation is under way.
A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive also confirmed it had been notified of the incident and was working alongside police to determine the causes of the crush.
Calderdale Council, which covers the area where the man’s death took place, is also co-operating with the enquiry.
A spokesman said: “The council’s environmental health service is responsible for investigating incidents of this kind which take place in shops and offices in the council’s jurisdiction.
“Officers from the council attended the scene and are working with everyone concerned to undertake a thorough investigation into what happened.”
The rear doors of the white, articulated DAF truck remained open after the incident while a line of metal trolley cages were visible on the pavement outside an adjoining shop. No-one at the shop itself was available for comment.
A spokesman for DHL, the delivery firm which employed the driver, said: “DHL can confirm that one of its employees was involved in a fatal incident on the morning of Saturday, December 22, in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
“We offer our deepest sympathies to the bereaved family and are cooperating fully with the police, and Health and Safety Executive in their investigation.
“However, while this is underway we are unable to comment further, other than to confirm that health and safety remains of the utmost importance to the company.”
The West Yorkshire (Western District) Coroner Peter Straker has been notified and an inquest is expeced to open shortly.