Kwik Fit employee recovering after workshop accident in Newbury

Man escaped with bruising and lacerations

Chris Ord


Chris Ord

Emergency services called to Newbury garage

A MAN was lucky to escape with minor injuries following an accident at a Newbury garage last week.

Police cordoned off Kwik Fit in London Road following the incident in which the employee suffered lacerations and bruising. Police, ambulance and the fire service arrived at the scene just after 3pm with police officers closing off the repair centre and part of Marconi Road.

Customer Steve Clarke was outside the centre when the accident occurred. He said: “I was just getting my tyres done when I heard a big bang and saw a car on its roof.

“The ambulance was here in just a matter of minutes.”

Firefighters told the Newbury Weekly News one car, which was having engine work had jumped into gear, hitting another car in the next bay, knocking it off the hydraulic jacks.

The second car ended up nose down, which in turn knocked another car off the hydraulic jacks. The man became trapped under the ramp.

The injured employee suffered lacerations to the back of his neck, face lacerations and a cut above his eye.

A spokesperson for South Central Ambulance Service said: “A member of staff was trapped under a lift. Fortunately, he only sustained minor injuries and was freed with the help of the fire service and was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital.”

A Kwik Fit spokesman said: “We are very glad to report that our staff member is recovering well after the accident in the centre on Friday. 

“We are very grateful to the emergency services for their prompt response to the incident and we are undertaking a thorough review into the circumstances which caused it. 

“We also thank the customers who were affected by the accident for their understanding and are working with them to resolve all outstanding issues as quickly as possible.”

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