Bit of a jam halts traffic during the rush hour

This Is Wiltshire: The scene under the Whitehouse Bridge, Swindon, yesterday afternoon. Picture: STUART HARRISON Buy this photo The scene under the Whitehouse Bridge, Swindon, yesterday afternoon. Picture: STUART HARRISON

A HORSEBOX became wedged under the Whitehouse Bridge in Corporation Street, Swindon, late yesterday afternoon.

Police stopped traffic, which had backed up, so they could attempt to free the vehicle. It had been stranded for more than an hour.

A police spokesman said: “The horsebox became fully stuck under the bridge at around 4.54pm and officers were sent to the scene to manage the traffic. There were no horses inside the vehicle.”

Motorists were frustrated with the jams caused by the incident and one driver, who did not want to be named, said: “The traffic is terrible and was backing up all the way down Station Road. I can’t believe someone else has managed to crash into this bridge – how can it keep happening?”

It is not the first time the 10ft bridge, dubbed the “most bashed” in the town, has seen a driver come unstuck – it has reportedly claimed more than 150 victims.

This included a publicity stunt in 1996 when a double decker bus was used to highlight its dangers and warn drivers to be more wary.

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7:39am Sat 1 Mar 14

ChannelX says...

High time anyone who does this gets hit with a fine.

If it isn't 'Driving without due care and attention' it's hard to think what might be.
High time anyone who does this gets hit with a fine. If it isn't 'Driving without due care and attention' it's hard to think what might be. ChannelX
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10:01am Sat 1 Mar 14

anotherimigrant says...

Pity really as it was a nice horse box. If he,d had a couple of horses in he would have gone under as he only needed a couple of inches more.

Still he,ll be able to go under next time.

Wonder why they don't put a height barrier up or a sign saying don't go under, must be the cost.
Pity really as it was a nice horse box. If he,d had a couple of horses in he would have gone under as he only needed a couple of inches more. Still he,ll be able to go under next time. Wonder why they don't put a height barrier up or a sign saying don't go under, must be the cost. anotherimigrant
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10:17am Sat 1 Mar 14

LW1986 says...

anotherimigrant wrote:
Pity really as it was a nice horse box. If he,d had a couple of horses in he would have gone under as he only needed a couple of inches more.

Still he,ll be able to go under next time.

Wonder why they don't put a height barrier up or a sign saying don't go under, must be the cost.
The signs are very clear! They even flash at vehicles over a certain hight and tell them to go a different way!

I agree about fines. Drivers should know the height of their vehicle and should be paying attention to signs. Simple!
[quote][p][bold]anotherimigrant[/bold] wrote: Pity really as it was a nice horse box. If he,d had a couple of horses in he would have gone under as he only needed a couple of inches more. Still he,ll be able to go under next time. Wonder why they don't put a height barrier up or a sign saying don't go under, must be the cost.[/p][/quote]The signs are very clear! They even flash at vehicles over a certain hight and tell them to go a different way! I agree about fines. Drivers should know the height of their vehicle and should be paying attention to signs. Simple! LW1986
  • Score: 4

12:24pm Sat 1 Mar 14

peter moor says...

Just hope tescos supplies finally got through.
Just hope tescos supplies finally got through. peter moor
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