A close shave for deodorant lorry stuck under bridge

The lorry stuck under Wootton Bassett Road bridge yesterday. Picture: THOMAS KELSEY

The lorry stuck under Wootton Bassett Road bridge yesterday. Picture: THOMAS KELSEY Buy this photo

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A LYNX deodorant lorry was the latest to become wedged under the infamous Wootton Bassett Road bridge yesterday, causing traffic delays of almost an hour.

The HGV crashed into Running Horse Bridge at 2.15pm and tilted to the side, pulled down by the weight of its crushed cargo.

The road was closed as a specialist recovery team attempted to let down the lorry’s tyres and remove it from under the bridge.

The accident caused traffic chaos with drivers stuck in queues on both side of the road for up 45 minutes.

Tailbacks went as far back as Bath Road as the approach to the bridge from Old Town and Great Western Way was gridlocked.

A police car was sent to the scene and a transport officer posted at the junction to redirect traffic towards Redposts Drive.

A police spokesman confirmed no one had been injured in the incident.

“There were no injuries and the driver is completely fine,” he said. “We were called to the scene at 2.18pm and we had a police car there and British Transport Police were helping as well.

“We tried to let down the tyres of the lorry to help remove it from under the bridge.”

Officers at the scene said it was in a stable position.

He added: “It was a case of the lorry being one height and the bridge being another. We would ask drivers to check the height in advance.”

Officers expected the road to be closed for up to four hours as they awaited a specialist recovery team which deals with heavy duty vehicles.

Coun Fay Howard, who was driving along Wootton Bassett Road at around 2.15pm, was one of the first near the scene following the incident.

“I was driving past and I saw the lorry stuck under the bridge.

“I would like to say I was surprised but it’s happened quite a bit recently.

“I was delayed for about five minutes. It must have happened a few minutes before I got there. At least no one was injured.”

Another driver said he had been stuck in traffic for around 45 minutes yesterday afternoon.

The road was set to re-open between 6pm and 7pm.

The bridge is a notorious lorry crash spot. Its black and yellow warning beam bears the marks of many previous accidents.

In October last year a Kipling truck’s arched roof was ripped off after a driver confused by his sat nav’s misleading directions crashed into the bridge.

In January 2013, a 32-tonne truck also got stuck under it. The driver miscalculated the height of the HGV but claimed the warning sign on the approach failed to work.

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7:12am Sat 28 Jun 14

John~R says...

Why can't Britain learn from other countries? In India they put a big steel beam across the road before any low bridge which provides an effective warning before the bridge itself gets hit.
Why can't Britain learn from other countries? In India they put a big steel beam across the road before any low bridge which provides an effective warning before the bridge itself gets hit. John~R
  • Score: 23

7:24am Sat 28 Jun 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Pr@Nav strikes again.
Pr@Nav strikes again. Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -4

7:37am Sat 28 Jun 14

M4 Bypass says...

it's the Linx effect. not so sure about police comment "the drivers fin",, did they check his brain. What charges are to brought about driving without due care and attention?
it's the Linx effect. not so sure about police comment "the drivers fin",, did they check his brain. What charges are to brought about driving without due care and attention? M4 Bypass
  • Score: 8

7:47am Sat 28 Jun 14

eucalyptus says...

Lower the road under the bridge.
Lower the road under the bridge. eucalyptus
  • Score: 10

8:02am Sat 28 Jun 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Not sure if they could lower the road at that bridge.
It's a bit lower on the water table than the one at Rodbourne 🚣
Not sure if they could lower the road at that bridge. It's a bit lower on the water table than the one at Rodbourne 🚣 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -3

8:27am Sat 28 Jun 14

Captain T says...

These lorry drivers should be prosecuted, fined and have points on their licence for doing this. Basically they are, as an earlier poster said, driving without due care and attention. If you are driving a lorry, how can you go about your business completely unaware of the height of your vehicle? When you see a bridge, it isn't a challenge to see if you can squeeze under it.

Every time this bridge is hit, they delay the traffic, they severely damage (if not write off) their employer's vehicle and may even cause the trains to be delayed while the bridge is inspected. If you can't look after your vehicle, you shouldn't be in one to start with. And as for that lorry driver who claimed "the sign wasn't working", there is a sign above the bridge with the height restriction on it but not only that, he claimed he miscalculated the height of his vehicle!
These lorry drivers should be prosecuted, fined and have points on their licence for doing this. Basically they are, as an earlier poster said, driving without due care and attention. If you are driving a lorry, how can you go about your business completely unaware of the height of your vehicle? When you see a bridge, it isn't a challenge to see if you can squeeze under it. Every time this bridge is hit, they delay the traffic, they severely damage (if not write off) their employer's vehicle and may even cause the trains to be delayed while the bridge is inspected. If you can't look after your vehicle, you shouldn't be in one to start with. And as for that lorry driver who claimed "the sign wasn't working", there is a sign above the bridge with the height restriction on it but not only that, he claimed he miscalculated the height of his vehicle! Captain T
  • Score: 22

8:48am Sat 28 Jun 14

Davey Gravey says...

Every lgv driver should know the height of their vehicle. That said lowering the road there wouldn't be a bad idea.
Every lgv driver should know the height of their vehicle. That said lowering the road there wouldn't be a bad idea. Davey Gravey
  • Score: -1

10:36am Sat 28 Jun 14

scotty3000 says...

45 minutes, must be joking it took 45 to get from old town to just before bridge ( as I didn't know about the lorry...) then over an hour to queue round by waitrose and wroughton to eventually get home to west swindon! :(
45 minutes, must be joking it took 45 to get from old town to just before bridge ( as I didn't know about the lorry...) then over an hour to queue round by waitrose and wroughton to eventually get home to west swindon! :( scotty3000
  • Score: 3

11:56am Sat 28 Jun 14

pmc1947 says...

"causing traffic delays of almost an hour." It was still causing major delays 4 hours after. Where do your reporters live. The road was set to re-open between 6pm and 7pm Da !!!!
"causing traffic delays of almost an hour." It was still causing major delays 4 hours after. Where do your reporters live. The road was set to re-open between 6pm and 7pm Da !!!! pmc1947
  • Score: 7

4:04pm Sat 28 Jun 14

swindonurock says...

I'm amazed that lorry drivers don't have some sort of device (other than themselves!) that activates an alarm whenever their lorry approaches an obstacle which is low enough to be on a collision course with the top of their vehicle.
I'm amazed that lorry drivers don't have some sort of device (other than themselves!) that activates an alarm whenever their lorry approaches an obstacle which is low enough to be on a collision course with the top of their vehicle. swindonurock
  • Score: 4

4:30pm Sun 29 Jun 14

John Smith II says...

Here is a prime example of the lack of professionalism within parts of the road haulage industry. I wonder what would happen to a train driver or pilot if they caused an incident of a similar magnitude in their industries?
Here is a prime example of the lack of professionalism within parts of the road haulage industry. I wonder what would happen to a train driver or pilot if they caused an incident of a similar magnitude in their industries? John Smith II
  • Score: 4

8:38am Mon 30 Jun 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

John~R wrote:
Why can't Britain learn from other countries? In India they put a big steel beam across the road before any low bridge which provides an effective warning before the bridge itself gets hit.
Because India is a developed country LOL
[quote][p][bold]John~R[/bold] wrote: Why can't Britain learn from other countries? In India they put a big steel beam across the road before any low bridge which provides an effective warning before the bridge itself gets hit.[/p][/quote]Because India is a developed country LOL A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 1

11:30am Mon 30 Jun 14

The Real Librarian says...

A reply I received

From:
Date: Jun 28, 2014 12:15 PM
Subject: RE: Yesterday
To: The Real Librarian
Dear Librarian

Good afternoon

Thank you for your e mail

Firstly my apologies for any inconvenience the actions of our driver may have caused you, thankfully there were no injuries suffered to the driver involved or any other road users

I can assure you that all our vehicles do carry height indicators and all drivers who commence employment with the company undergo a detailed induction process in which amongst numerous other road safety and H&S matters it is stressed to them about the height of the trailers (all are 15 foot high)

Why this particular driver did what he did causing chaos to numerous other road users and in excess of £20,000 of damage we will establish when he attends his disciplinary hearing this week

John Raymond Transport Limited.
A reply I received From: Date: Jun 28, 2014 12:15 PM Subject: RE: Yesterday To: The Real Librarian Dear Librarian Good afternoon Thank you for your e mail Firstly my apologies for any inconvenience the actions of our driver may have caused you, thankfully there were no injuries suffered to the driver involved or any other road users I can assure you that all our vehicles do carry height indicators and all drivers who commence employment with the company undergo a detailed induction process in which amongst numerous other road safety and H&S matters it is stressed to them about the height of the trailers (all are 15 foot high) Why this particular driver did what he did causing chaos to numerous other road users and in excess of £20,000 of damage we will establish when he attends his disciplinary hearing this week John Raymond Transport Limited. The Real Librarian
  • Score: 4

5:55pm Mon 30 Jun 14

GrumpyLocal says...

How exactly was the trailer "pulled down by it's own weight"? It carries it's own weight and the load at all times yet doesn't tilt all of a sudden.
The trailer was twisted by the upper potion hitting the bridge on the drivers side of the vehicle. The lifting action meant the passenger side of the trailer took more weight on the wheels, maybe compressing the suspension more allowing that side to squeeze under the bride and become fully stuck. This is what the pictures of the accident show and what would be the assumption based on the road layout. Previous accidents there, all show the vehicles leaning to the left in this manner.
An alternative solution to the bridge being hit would be to bring the height restriction to before the traffic lights with a suspended beam that, like someone has said, would hit the vehicle but not trap it whilst allowing the driver to navigate away at the lights to check any damage on his trailer. Just past the Running horse would be an ideal location for such a device.
How exactly was the trailer "pulled down by it's own weight"? It carries it's own weight and the load at all times yet doesn't tilt all of a sudden. The trailer was twisted by the upper potion hitting the bridge on the drivers side of the vehicle. The lifting action meant the passenger side of the trailer took more weight on the wheels, maybe compressing the suspension more allowing that side to squeeze under the bride and become fully stuck. This is what the pictures of the accident show and what would be the assumption based on the road layout. Previous accidents there, all show the vehicles leaning to the left in this manner. An alternative solution to the bridge being hit would be to bring the height restriction to before the traffic lights with a suspended beam that, like someone has said, would hit the vehicle but not trap it whilst allowing the driver to navigate away at the lights to check any damage on his trailer. Just past the Running horse would be an ideal location for such a device. GrumpyLocal
  • Score: 1

10:08am Sun 20 Jul 14

Melgee says...

Is it too far fetched to suggest that some form of advanced warning light or horn in the driver's cab flashes or sounds off that he is approaching an over head obstruction that he cannot clear with his cab and trailer?
This electronic radar emitting device would cost pennies to install especially when you consider the thousands of £££'s of damage to the vehicle caused by driving into the bridge structure.
Does anyone have the phone number of Dragon's Den? lol
Is it too far fetched to suggest that some form of advanced warning light or horn in the driver's cab flashes or sounds off that he is approaching an over head obstruction that he cannot clear with his cab and trailer? This electronic radar emitting device would cost pennies to install especially when you consider the thousands of £££'s of damage to the vehicle caused by driving into the bridge structure. Does anyone have the phone number of Dragon's Den? lol Melgee
  • Score: 1

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