Lorry ‘decapitated’ by bridge

The rescued lorry at Aldwarke Road, Parkgate.
The rescued lorry at Aldwarke Road, Parkgate.

A LORRY crumpled under a railway bridge, after its driver misread the height warning.

The Palletways lorry became wedged under the disused railway bridge at Aldwarke Road, Parkgate, for two-and-a-half hours after driver Wayne Smith, 26, of Leeds misread the 11’3” warning for 13’1”.

He said: “It’s the first time I’ve travelled this way... I was due to make a delivery just beyond the bridge.

“I got stuck but was able to direct traffic past until the police came, so the road stayed open. But it made a mess of my wagon. The bridge wasn’t damaged”.

He added: “I was told the bridge once had an alarm, but it was triggered so many times it was taken down.

“I’ve been driving for two-and-a-half years and it’s my first experience of anything like this”.

The frame of the lorry had to be collapsed, to enable the vehicle to be driven free. One side of the wagon was ripped off completely, exposing the delivery goods inside.