Accidents Happen (1)
Accidents happen all the time in the haulage industry and unfortunately over the years W & J Riding suffered their fair share.
Below is a selection of various incidents which Tom Riding documented from the mid 1950's through to when he retired from the company in 1995.
Leyland Cub Accident
Driver Bert Slater, who was later to spend his whole career at Riding's, was heading north on the old A74 at Ecclefechan in 1947 when he veered off the road and ran into the side of a cottage.
Loaded with ships machinery, destined for Glasgow, Bert was lucky to escape unhurt but the same could not be said of the Leyland Cub four wheeler which was written off and scrapped.
Leyland Beaver in Trouble
Tom Riding recalls......
"It's the early 60's and Leyland Beaver 4x2 tractor unit Reg No 649 , driven by Ken Wade, was on nights heading home to Longridge down the A19 from Teesside.
Whether it was through lack of concentration or falling asleep Ken ran off the road and finished up with the whole outfit in a ditch on its side.
The load was nylon chips in sacks packed in large reinforced steel crates on their way to Australia via Liverpool Docks.
This traffic from ICI Ltd at Wilton was a big movement for us at the time and from memory the load wasn't damaged and the tractor unit and trailer only suffered slight damage with the Leyland Beaver soon back on the road".
Leyland Beaver 4x2 tractor unit Reg No 649 CTD lays on it's side in a ditch after coming off the A19.
This particular Leyland had two lives while at W & J Riding as originally it was a O.600 engined four wheeler rigid Beaver that was later converted into one of the company's early 4x2 tractor unit's.
The underside of stricken Leyland Beaver 4x2 tractor unit Reg No 649 CTD.
Fortunately the fuel tank was on the near side and undamaged resulting in no leakage of diesel at the scene.
Tom Riding recalls......
"Leyland at this time only had small 33 gallon tanks available on these short wheelbase Beavers.
I discovered that AEC made a short tank that fitted the space available and held 50 gallons so we always fitted these to the 14B10 models and to the later L.A.D. units".
Comet comes to Grief
Leyland Comet four wheeler Reg No 921 DTJ was travelling along St Michael's Road when it lost it's footing in a drainage ditch at the side of the road resulting in it turning over with a full load of ICI Corvic on board
Regarding the incident Tom Riding recalls....
"This particular road was a nice short cut between St Michael's on Wyre on the A586 and Bilsbarrow on the A6 but was a notoriously twisty road.
The road was later given a 17 ton weight restriction duly closing it to HGVs.
The photograph was taken in the late 50s and i can be seen in the picture overseeing the recovery".
Leyland Beaver on Ice
Crash on the A59
L.A.D. cabbed Leyland Beaver 4x2 tractor unit Reg No 3800 TD was driven from new by Bill Coolican.
On this particular day it was being driven by Ken Wilson one Saturday morning hauling a Crane four in line trailer destined for Preston Docks loaded with Tote bins on the Wilton to Carrickfergus inter factory service.
Over the edge at Barrowby Bridge
Easter 1965 and disaster strikes L.A.D. cabbed Leyland Beaver 4x2 tractor unit Reg No ATF 550A
L.A.D. cabbed Leyland Beaver tractor unit Reg No ATF 550A is pictured here after being recovered following the major accident at Borrowby Bridge north of Thirsk.
This tractor unit was completely rebuilt in house by Riding's and put back on the road with in a matter of weeks.
Aftermath of sliding on ice
L.A.D. cabbed Leyland Beaver 4x2 tractor unit Reg No HTC 990B came to grief after it slid on ice and crashed into a bridge on the A59 at Blubberhouses in 1965.
Tom Riding who took this photograph recalls....
"We had a local job on stock transfer from ICI Hillhouse at Thornton Cleveleys down to Squires Gate Blackpool and believe it or not the tractor unit was used in this damaged state for a week or two until we could bring it into our own workshop to sort it out".
A Bridge to Far
L.A.D. cabbed Leyland Beaver tractor unit Reg No MTJ 440C was hauling a trailer loaded with empty tote bins being brought back to Wilton when............
When empty tote bins were being returned to ICI they were always stacked double and W & J Riding's drivers could only use a recognised route.
However one Sunday morning driver Frank Collins forgot and tried a variation of his route thus the resulting in striking the low bridge pictured above.
Fortunately no one was hurt in the accident although the Vauxhall Viva came off a little worse for wear.
Accident at West Marten
L.A.D. cabbed Leyland Comet four wheeler Reg No 591 NHN Fleet No 23 is seen here in Longridge depot after being recovered following an accident on the A59 near West Marten.
L.A.D. cabbed Leyland Comet four wheeler Reg No 591 NHN ran into the back of one of Riding's own articulated trailers being pulled by 680 ETJ which was an air braked Leyland 14B10 Beaver.
The Comet was fitted with air over hydraulic brakes which were obviously not as powerful as the vehicle in front.
The driver, who shall be nameless, carried a bit of weight so he was a lucky lad to get out of it unharmed.
Roll Over at Preston
Leyland Beaver 4x2 tractor unit Reg No 880FTF rolled over on the roundabout beneath Junction 31 of the M6 near Preston.
Accident on the A6055
Albion Clydesdale four wheeler Reg No BTB 230E was involved in an accident while loaded with paint destined for Leyland Paint's North East depot.
Albion Clydesdale four wheeler Reg No BTB 230E Fleet No 23 was registered new on the 1st of February 1967 at a cost of £2,662.
It is pictured here on the A6055 just North of Knaresborough after being involved in an accident while loaded with paint destined for Leyland Paint's North East depot.
Viewed full size by clicking the picture you can see the fireman busy dealing with the indecent along with the Knaresborough town boundary sign on the left,
BTB 230E was later sold on to a firm in Liverpool on the 22nd of February 1976 for £800 plus vat at 8%.
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A close up shot of accident damaged Albion Clydesdale four wheeler Reg No BTB 230E Fleet No 23.
The accident on the A6055 just North of Knaresborough occurred after BTB 230E was involved in a collision while loaded with paint destined for the Leyland Paint depot in the North East.
Roll Over at Stourton
On the 26th of April 1983 Seddon Atkinson 4x2 tractor unit Reg No VHG 570R was negotiating the roundabout beneath the M621 interchange at Stourton Leeds.
The vehicle rolled over while hauling a 20ft demount tank loaded with Isopropylamine and stopped just short of hitting a lamp post.
Fortunately the fully loaded tank held firm and there was no spillage at what so ever.
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