Arch nemesis! Shame-faced driver DEFLATES his tyres after lodging his HGV in brickwork…just yards from a tourist information sign about a lorry suffering the same fate 52 …

  • HGV driver deflated tyres to try to free lorry from historic Newport Arch, Lincoln
  • Red-faced man was yards from tourist sign warning about low archway
  • Passerby Rob Makepeace described mortifying moment lorry ‘juddered to a halt’

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An embarrassed HGV driver was forced to deflate his tyres after getting his lorry stuck in an archway.

Ironically it happened just yards away from a tourist sign warning of a vehicle suffering the same fate 52 years ago.

The lorry got stuck under Lincoln’s famous and historic Newport Arch at lunchtime today.

Rob Makepeace tweeted a picture of the incident and said the driver was letting air out of the tyres in the hope it would free the vehicle.

He told the Lincolnshire Echo[2]: ‘The lorry has driven through and it got stuck.

‘They are currently putting the tyres down on it and the police have arrived here to help out.

‘It came out of the arch and juddered to a halt and then everyone turned round to look at it.’

Ironically it happened just yards away from a tourist sign warning of a vehicle suffering the same fate 52 years ago

Arch-enemy: Police helped the mortified driver to deflate his lorry’s tyres in an attempt to free the vehicle after it became wedged in Newport Arch in Lincoln today

In 1964, a lorry crashed into the arch, which forms part of the city walls, and caused extensive damage. A tourist sign right next to the archway features an illustration of the moment in 1964 to warn drivers of repeating the embarrassing mistake

In 1964, a lorry crashed into the arch, which forms part of the city walls, and caused extensive damage.

A tourist sign right next to the archway features an illustration of the moment in 1964 to warn drivers of repeating the embarrassing mistake

But it isn’t the first time this has happened in the city.

Back in 1964, a lorry crashed into the arch, which forms part of the city walls, and caused extensive damage.

There was also another incident with a lorry in 2004.

A tourist sign right next to the archway features an illustration of the moment in 1964.

Clearly the lorry driver today didn’t see it beforehand.

The wall was restored in 2014 thanks to a restoration project which cost more than ?140,000.

References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Lincolnshire Echo (www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk)

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