Oils tanker spills load

Big spill: Chaos broke out at Lime Tree Stores in Matlock after a huge lorry over-turned.
Big spill: Chaos broke out at Lime Tree Stores in Matlock after a huge lorry over-turned.

Can you remember this dramatic incident taking place in Matlock in 1986?

This was the scene outside the Lime Tree Stores as firefighters helped rescue staff and customers who were trapped after a 14-wheel oil tanker over-turned and spilled its load only feet from the entrance.

Mary Gregory had a lucky escape after running in to the shop doorway.

The 75-year-old was outside the store when she heard a roar as the vehicle slid down the road.

She said she was petrified for a moment but then realised it was heading towards her so she ran in to the shop doorway.

The slightly injured driver was taken to hospital while fire fighters and council workers began the massive job of cleaning up the oil.

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