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Mick the hero!
Friday 30th May 2014 @ 11:27 by Lisa B

The recovery truck driver whose quick action prevented possible carnage has been reliving the nightmare run.


But Mick Bowcock – whose tow truck pulling a broken down bus ploughed into shops on Victoria Street – is shrugging off claims that he is a hero.

DRIVER: Mick Bowcock

DRIVER: Mick Bowcock

He told the Chronicle: “I am not a hero, I am just a recovery truck driver.”

Mick, 44, was speaking after grateful Glossop people praised him for his split second decision to veer away from town centre traffic. They say the result – featured in last week’s Chronicle – saved lives.

As a way of saying thanks they have set up an appeal to shower Mick and his wife with presents.

In an exclusive interview, Mick said: “I was overwhelmed when I heard and I would like to thank the people of Glossop for their generosity.”

Mick also gave a minute by minute account of what happened as his GM Recovery truck reached the Chunal summit.

“As I went down the hill (towards  Glossop) I hit the brakes but nothing happened,  it was the same with the hand-brake.

“There was nowhere I could run off, so I had to keep on going, flashing  my  headlights and sounding the air horn.

“I don’t know how fast I was going,  I could not slow down.”

Amazingly Mick managed to steer the truck down Chunal, negotiating bends at Charlestown and the top of Victoria Street.

But with the  town centre hundreds of yards away and the truck and bus having a combined weight of 38 tons, Mick knew his long run-away journey could possibly end in disaster.

At the bottom of Victoria Street, Mick saw five cars waiting at the traffic lights.

“I decided to swerve to avoid them,” he said.

CRASH: The scene in Glossop town centre

CRASH: The scene in Glossop town centre

With a last minute warning to his cab mate saying ‘this is going to hurt’ he pulled off the road, onto thankfully empty pavements and shops.

Mick hurt his back and needed  x-rays, while his cab mate injured an arm.

Lynn Reddington, one of the people behind the Facebook appeal, said: “His selfless, brave action undoubtedly saved lives.

“We would love to get enough donations to treat Mick to a mini break, if that is what he and his family would like, a bit of rest and recuperation could be just what the doctor ordered.”

There are collection boxes in Skuphams the Jewellers, Kimberley’s Tea Rooms, Glossopdale Furniture Project also have one in their shop on Henry Street, 1 Stop Plumbing on High Street West  and The Photography  Studio on Smithy Fold.

“Various businesses in Glossop have already donated treats to him too, and  more would be very welcome,” she added.

People can donate by the Mick The Hero Facebook page, or by calling Lynn on (01457)  863824.