Mangled mobility scooter prompts police call for caution among users

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“Mobility scooters and lorries do not mix” – that’s the message being put out by police in Northern Ireland after a scooter user had a lucky escape when their equipment was crushed beneath a lorry.

Police in County Derry issued a warning to local mobility scooter users, urging them to be cautious while using class 3 models on roads following yet another incident involving the equipment.

An image released by police shows a written-off mobility scooter that was involved in a collision with a lorry in Magherafelt centre.

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The user was somehow uninjured in the collision but said he was “shocked”, according to reports.

A statement from the police accompanying the picture said: “A very fortunate escape for the rider of this one in town this afternoon.

“If you use one of these or know someone who uses one, show them and keep this picture in mind the next time you attempt to cross the road.

“In line of sight terms you are no more visible than a child to drivers. If there is gap in traffic remember you could be crossing right in the blind spot of a lorry, bus or car.

“There are various opinions on mobility scooters being on roads and pavements but they are covered by the Highway Code and law.”

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