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Again!? Third lorry in a month gets stuck under Hinckley railway bridge

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Another lorry has smashed into a railway bridge and got lodged – making it the third in just one month. The HGV became wedged under the A5 bridge between the junctions at Dodwells Road and Nutts Lane in Hinckley[2] on Sunday. The road was closed for around an hour while emergency crews prised the vehicle from beneath the bridge and inspected the damage.

Network Rail said trains between Birmingham and Leicester were delayed by 30 minutes. Read More: Boy, 14, in court for attempted murder after stabbing in Aylestone
[3] Highways England and Leicestershire Police also attended the scene to manage traffic disruption.

A highways spokesman said the road was closed between 4.45pm and 5.45pm. A spokesman for Network Rail said: “Just after 5pm on February 19, we received reports from Leicestershire Police that a lorry had struck a railway bridge on Watling Street in Hinckley.

“Network Rail workers visited the site and carried out a bridge inspection. Normal working was resumed just before 17:30.” The crash is the 14th time the bridge has been struck in just over a year, despite several height restriction warning signs in place.

On January 26, a articulated lorry became wedged under the bridge bringing roads to a halt and costing businesses thousands in lost trade. Read More: Leicester City fans warned ahead of Sevilla Champions League match
[4] In December, a HGV full of flammable aerosol cans burst into flames after crashing into the bridge.

Network Rail previously urged drivers of high vehicles to heed the multiple low bridge warning signs. It is one of the worst bridges in the country for so-called “bridge strikes”. Each collision causes hours of delays and costs the taxpayer-funded organisation thousands of pounds in compensation.

The Local Government Association called for lorry drivers to be banned from using satnav systems designed for cars and, instead, be forced to use systems which will warn of low bridges.

References

  1. ^ Comments (2) (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  2. ^ Hinckley (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  3. ^ Read More: Boy, 14, in court for attempted murder after stabbing in Aylestone (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  4. ^ Read More: Leicester City fans warned ahead of Sevilla Champions League match (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)

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