Stobart truck strikes Widnes railway bridge

Runcorn and Widnes World: The railway bridge in Victoria Road which the truck struck The railway bridge in Victoria Road which the truck struck

A STOBART truck struck a railway bridge in Victoria Road, Widnes, spilling debris across the carriageway,.

Witness Joseph Alfonzo, from Hale Road, said: “I couldn’t believe it. There are at least 10 signs warning drivers on the approach to this bridge that it is 15ft.

“How can a 16ft truck driver not realise the size of his load?”

The collision happened at 9.40pm on Wednesday, January 8.

Network Rail said no structural damage had been caused. A spokesman said: “There was superficial paint scrape. It was all cleared and resolved by 1am.”

A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “Highways were notified as the road needed to be closed whiles tthe vehicle was removed and debris cleared.”

A Stobart spokesman said: The driver was fully qualified, and a full time Eddie Stobart driver, who, like many, has come through the apprentice scheme.

"There were not 13 warning signs, there was a sign post and a sign on the bridge.  The driver had set the height indicator in his cab correctly."

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7:30am Thu 23 Jan 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

So if the Stobart Driver was soooooooo experienced and did all things correct .Then why, oh why did the lorry and the bridge collide? Perhaps:
a. the road suddenly rose as he got to the bridge.
b. the bridge lowered itself a little.
None of the above as I think the driver wasn't concentrating and he clearly hit the bridge with a lorry that wouldn't fit under it ,therefore he ought to be prosecuted for driving with undue care and attention.
So if the Stobart Driver was soooooooo experienced and did all things correct .Then why, oh why did the lorry and the bridge collide? Perhaps: a. the road suddenly rose as he got to the bridge. b. the bridge lowered itself a little. None of the above as I think the driver wasn't concentrating and he clearly hit the bridge with a lorry that wouldn't fit under it ,therefore he ought to be prosecuted for driving with undue care and attention. SAC_in_Warrington
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