Fire service truck causes tailbacks 'as far as eye could see' after breakdown in Guildford

A large fire truck caused tailbacks as far as the eye could see in Guildford during a rescue operation which took around three hours. Motorists could be heard “hooting and shouting” on Friday morning (October 2) after the vehicle broke down in Worplesdon Road. James Yalden, a graphic designer who lives in the town, said he noticed the truck at approximately 7.30am while he was having his breakfast.

“A big fire water truck broke down right outside my home on the junction with Worplesdon Road and Shepherds Lane,” the 55-year-old said. “There was a rescue lorry there carrying a bus, which meant that one whole lane of traffic could not be used, so the traffic was having to go into the filter lane.” Mr Yalden said the truck remained stationary in the road for approximately one hour before the rescue vehicle arrived, causing “massive tailbacks”.

Find out how you can get more news from SurreyLive straight to your inbox HERE. An image taken at the scene shows personnel attempting to replace one of the wheels, however it is unknown why the vehicle broke down. Mr Yalden said: “There was lots of hooting and people shouting trying to get past it.

Everyone was having to go into the filter lane. It was all a bit of excitement. “[The traffic] was going back as far as I could see in the direction of Worplesdon – maybe about half a mile, or longer.

“People were getting quite frustrated at first because it just looked like the truck had stopped in the road, but then the rescue truck came along.”

Mr Yalden said the traffic accompanied by the “rotten weather” meant it was a “horrible morning” for motorists.

However the incident cleared at around 10am.

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