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Fire engine trapped on bollards

Fire engine being lifted of the street bollards
The fire engine was carrying out routine checks when it became stuck

An investigation has been started after a hydraulic platform fire engine became stuck on top of a set of rising bollards in Manchester city centre.

The appliance ended up lodged on the metal poles as it went to carry out safety checks in the city centre.

Another fire engine had passed over the bollards on Cross Street moments before the crash on Monday morning.

The bollards are not in operation between 1900 and 1100 hours. The incident happened at 1102 GMT.

'Loud bang'

The fire engine is one of just six across the region and has been taken off the road while the full extent of the damage is examined. It is not expected to return for a number of weeks.

The two firefighters who were in the appliance did not report any injuries at the scene.

Both fire engines, from Manchester Central station, are equipped with a credit card-sized key attached to the windscreen which should be automatically scanned, lowering the bollards.

A council spokesman said as part of their review they would speak to witnesses and the driver and look at CCTV footage.

Witnesses reported a loud bang and then seeing transmission fluid spilling onto the road.

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