Driver of lorry stuck under Lincoln’s Newport arch charged with offence

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The driver of the vehicle that became stuck in the Newport Arch could be summoned to court, according to Lincolnshire Police. Scores of people gathered as emergency services worked to dislodge a Palletways lorry that had become wedged under one of Lincoln’s most famous and historic landmarks yesterday (May 19). It took 45 minutes to free the vehicle by deflating the tyres.

The accident didn’t cause any long-lasting damage to the arch which was recently restored at a cost of ?140,000. MORE: Historians reveal AMAZING details about massive Viking Camp found in Lincolnshire[2] It was the third time in living memory a lorry collided with the arch, with previous incidents in 1964 and 2004.

But the driver, who is understood to have been following the directions of his sat-nav, could face the wrath of the law after authorities charged him with driving without due care and attention. A spokesperson for the force confirmed: “The driver was given what is called a Traffic Offence Report for driving without due care and attention which allows the criminal justice department to make a decision on the best course of action. “Often this is compulsory attendance at an educational course but could be a summons to magistrates.

“The penalties for this offence are between 3 and 9 points on the licence, a fine, or potential disqualification.” Palletways – which is understood to have completed a delivery to Lincoln College – have said that the driver was working for an agency but will rethink the route given to drivers who have to make deliveries in the city.

A Palletways spokesman said: “Our member used a local employment agency to provide a relief driver to cover holiday absence. “The driver used his personal Sat-Nav device to guide him to a delivery in Lincoln. Unfortunately, the Sat-Nav route took their driver under Newport Arch where there was insufficient clearance to avoid touching the structure’s archway.”

They added: “In future, all of our member’s drivers will use an appropriate route when delivering to this area. “Thankfully, we understand that City of Lincoln engineers have found that there is no structural damage.

All of the marks caused are superficial. If repair work is required, our member will work with local agencies to restore the damage. “Our member would like to apologise to the local residents and any motorists who were inconvenienced during the incident.”

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