Photos show recovery of overturned lorry as A37 finally reopens

The A37 has reopened as photos show the recovery of a lorry after it struck a railway bridge. The incident was first reported at 5.43am today (Wednesday, May 29) near Lydford Crosskeys.  The A road was closed in both directions by police officers between B3153 (Lydford Crosskeys, Lydford On Fosse) and the A303 Podimore roundabout.

Photos show the large vehicle on its right side partially under the bridge while some debris can also be seen on the road.

The A37 has been shut for at least six hours after a HGV crashed into a railway bridge

Fire crews arrived at the scene to cut the trapped driver free from the front of the HGV. A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service Trust told Somerset Live he was assessed by paramedics shortly after. He said: “We were called at 5.44am about a single-vehicle road traffic incident on the A37, East Lydford, Somerton.

“A male patient was treated at the scene by our paramedics and did not need to go to hospital.” Emergency services remained at the scene to help clear the debris and a diesel fuel spill.

Photos show recovery of overturned lorry as A37 finally reopens

A helicopter was spotted hovering over the railway bridge in order to assess if any damage has been caused to the railway bridge. The HGV was meanwhile recovered from the scene with the assistance of a crane and a specialised tow truck.

Police officers reopened the A37 in and around 1pm. A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters climbed up to the trapped driver using a ladder and cut him free using a saw. The fire service said: “Two fire appliances from Castle Cary and Somerton along with a rescue tender from Glastonbury were all mobilised to reports of a road traffic collision involving a lorry.

“On arrival, crews confirmed that one lorry had hit a railway bridge, which ended up on its side with the driver still within the vehicle. “Crews rescued the driver using a HGV platform, a triple extension ladder, a Makita saw and a glass master. “Crews also dealt with a small diesel leak from the vehicle using pads to absorb it.”

Photos show recovery of overturned lorry as A37 finally reopens

Motorists driving to and from the area are advised to avoid the area and take a diversion route.

Somerset Live reporter, Tommy Joyce, was affected by the A37 closure and described the traffic on the diversion route as “incredibly slow”. The incident has affected people travelling to the first day of the Royal Bath and West Show in Shepton Mallet .

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