Lorry hitting bridge ‘sounded like a train came off the tracks’
A resident in Lydford-on-Fosse has described the moment a lorry crashed into a railway overbridge in Somerset. Avon and Somerset Police were called at 9:52am to the A37 Bath Road to the scene just west of Somerton to find a damaged lorry with debris and goods scattered all over the road. Officers closed the road while the lorry was removed and the debris was cleared up.
LIVE UPDATES: A37 live updates: Lorry crashes into railway overbridge blocking road for ‘several hours’ Stewart, from Cross Keys Motor Services just next to the bridge, told Somerset Live of the moment the lorry crashed. “It sounded like the train came off the tracks,” Stewart said.
“It’s ripped the whole top of the trailer roof right off. It shed its load on the road on one side,” he added.
The lorry’s load fell out as it collided with the bridge (Image: Somerset Live)
Photos from the scene show that the cab (the front where the driver sits) did not impact the bridge, but the removable trailer that was being transported did. “The roof came off the trailer.
It’s totally destroyed,” Stewart said. Although police have not yet publicly given a reason for the accident, Stewart believes that the lorry was travelling at speed through the area. “I saw the truck go by.
It’s a 40mph limit but he was just picking up speed so I think he hit the bridge at 60mph I would say at least.”
A second lorry from the company (back of the image) came to collect the load from the lorry that crashed (Image: Somerset Live)
Shortly after the accident, police arrived on the scene to clear the road, as did reinforcements from Gregory transportation, the company that operates the lorry. Stewart said: “Another lorry has just shown up to put the load onto another truck. “They’ve got a JCB picking up the load now and they’re starting to clear the road, but the trailer is a right old mess now.
Gregory transportation has been approached for comment.
The road is blocked as the debris is cleared (Image: Stewart/Cross Keys)
Network Rail said in a statement that they carried out a safety inspection very quickly after the crash, but they found “nothing untoward”. There was only minimal disruption to rail services as a result of the incident. The road was cleared by approximately 1:30pm, and traffic is now able to flow as normal through the area.
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