Two men attempting to hijack a beer truck in London on Saturday ended up crashing the vehicle only a few hundred yards away, spilling beer canisters into the street and drenching the road with alcohol.

Police and a witness said two men, one reportedly brandishing a gun, forced their way aboard the truck as it was stopped on a west London street. The driver left the vehicle and the suspects jumped in, speeding off and toppling the truck over as it rounded a corner.

"Everything just poured out of it," said Jags Khokhar, 27, who works at a nearby car garage. "All the cans came out of the top half of the lorry (truck), and there was spillage everywhere."

The driver was unhurt in the incident and the two men escaped. Police said that the truck's cargo has since been recovered.