Lorry hits bridge in Wootton Bassett Road...again
Updated 4:56pm Friday 27th June 2014 in News
A LYNX deodorant lorry was the latest to become wedged under the infamous Wootton Bassett Road bridge today.
The HGV crashed into Running Horse Bridge at around 2.15pm before tilting to the side, pulled down by the weight of its crushed cargo.
The road was is closed while a specialist recovery team attempt to let down the lorry’s tyres and remove it from under the overpass.
The accident has caused traffic chaos with drivers stuck in queues on both sides of the road for up 45 minutes. Tailbacks went as far back as Bath Road for cars approaching the bridge from Old Town, and Great Western Way was gridlock ahead of rush hour.
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.”
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.
“The road will be closed for three or four hours because we need a special recovery team for heavy duty vehicles. It’s a slow operation.”
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 treacherous bridge.
In January 2013, a 32-tonne truck also got stuck under the bridge. The driver miscalculated the height of the HGV but claimed the warning sign on the approach failed to work.