Forklift accident

Woman crushed to death by forklift truck in accident

Dec 12th 2011. A female rugby player died after being crushed to death by a forklift truck in a freak accident. The deceased, a cash and carry warehouse worker, became trapped under the vehicle in Bristol.

The worker, aged in her 40s, was resuscitated on the way to hospital in the air ambulance but died shortly after arrival. As paramedics worked under the forklift to treat the injured woman, firefighters used airbags and blocks to raise the vehicle from on top of her.

A spokesman for the company in Avonsmouth, said: 'Following a tragic accident at our Avonmouth branch we are currently working closely with the police and all relevant authorities to ensure a full investigation. Our thoughts are with the family.'

The deceased's team mates Helen Buckley and Rachel Amphlett said: 'Annie was one of the original Bristol rugby girls. She was much loved by all who played alongside her at St Mary’s, Avonmouth and Clifton.

'She was the backbone of every club she played at. She was dedicated, loyal, tenacious and a true friend to us all. 'She had a wonderfully dry sense of humour and was a great friend to be around. She would take part in everything and everyone respected her.'

Her friend Jo Sully added: 'She led by example and was an absolute credit to any team she played for. I am going to miss her so much.'

Former St Mary’s captain Sammy Knighton added: 'She was absolutely lovely. The girls are very upset.'