Lorry ‘rescued’ after being trapped under bridge for four hours

A lorry has been ‘rescued’ after its roof was ripped off when it was driven underneath a railway bridge in Bristol today (June 8). The lorry was badly damaged after it struck the bridge which carries the main railway line into Temple Meads at around 11am and got stuck there. The fire service confirmed four hours later at 3.34pm that the lorry had been recovered from Whitby Road, but its roof had been torn off.

Police closed the road – a key route across South Bristol between Brislington and St Annes – and diversions were in place following the incident. The fire service confirmed that no-one was injured. They wrote on their official Twitter account that crews from two stations had “rescued” the lorry.

Read more: Brislington traffic live: Lorry ripped roof off after hitting railway bridge The tweet said: “Crews used a turntable ladder and hydraulic tools to set the lorry free. Luckily no one was hurt, but the same can’t be said for the lorry that is now missing a roof!”

A lorry stuck under the railway bridge at Whitby Road in BrislingtonA lorry stuck under the railway bridge at Whitby Road in Brislington

Images showed the truck, from a TV scenery and staging company, wedged under the bridge on Whitby Road, between the end of St Philips Causeway in Brislington and the junction at Netham Lock, near St Annes.

Train services were reportedly unaffected by the incident, and GWR was reporting normal service.

This may be because the lorry’s roof came into contact with the last of the three bridges on Whitby Road – and that third bridge is actually just a shell, and has not carried a train for decades.

The main two bridges carrying the mainline railway between Temple Meads and Bath and London are the first two bridges as you travel west from Brislington to St Annes.

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