All we know about Machynlleth bridge crash that paralysed road and rail services
Roads and rail services in Mid Wales were thrown into chaos this morning after a tipper truck struck a railway bridge. The accident, which took place at around 7.30am, closed the A487 on the outskirts of Machynlleth, forcing buses to amend routes and motorists to make long diversions. Rail services were also disrupted whilst specialist engineers inspected the bridge for damage.
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The truck driver was uninjured. It is thought the lorry’s trailer had not been lowered in time before crossing under the bridge, located between Ffordd Mynydd Griffiths and the Texaco petrol station. The rear lifting platform was left wedged against the bridge at an acute angle.
The truck’s rear loading platform was left wedged against the bridge
Cars were forced to turn around and complicating matters were roadworks at nearby Llanwrin Road, which is currently closed to large vehicles.
Dyfed-Powys Police also began redirecting traffic at Dyfi Bridge. The bridge collision made life a misery for some Machynlleth residents. One tweeted: “Had to go to the surgery for a 5-minute appointment today.
One 90-minute round trip later…”
The rear lifting platform became detached from the lorry (Image: Colin Reading)
This morning’s bridge strike in Machynlleth comes just two weeks after a similar incident near Bow Street, Aberystwyth. It led to all rail services between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth being suspended for around 24 hours while the damage was assessed. The incident prompted a county councillor to call for better signage on both sides of the bridge, saying it was a “recurring issue”.
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Each North Wales Live bulletin delivers the latest breaking news, what’s on events and the hottest talking points straight to your inbox. For more information about how to subscribe click here. Machynlleth’s railway bridge was reopened to car traffic after oil and rubble was removed from the road.
Lloyds Coaches, whose public bus services from Machynlleth were also affected, were back up and running as normal once the bridge was declared safe.
However rail passengers are still being advised not to travel in the area until their journey is essential.
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