Demands for warning signs after lorry hits Oswaldtwistle railway bridge

Blackburn Citizen: The wrecked lorry The wrecked lorry

DEMANDS have been made for more prominent signs at a low railway bridge after a lorry collided with it, shedding its load onto a passing car.

The 33-year-old woman in the car was said to have had a ‘miraculous escape’ when the roof of her Nissan Micra caved in and the windscreen shattered.

The truck, which was carrying large plastic containers, normally used to carry liquids, had been passing under the 14ft 9in bridge in Blackburn Road, Oswaldtwistle, when the accident happened at around 9.30am yesterday (Sept 4).

The impact caused the containers to hang over the side of the R Spivey & Son lorry, into the path of the on-coming Micra.

One of the containers then smashed into the car.

Councillors said the warning signs leading up to the bridge needed to be more prominent. There is a sign on the bridge and another within 50 yards.

The road had to be closed for around two-and-a-half hours from its junction with Thwaites Road and Henry Street, Church, while recovery work was carried out.

Trains between Blackburn and Accrington were also halted over concerns the bridge may have been structurally damaged by the collision.

Coun Marlene Haworth, who represents the St Oswalds Ward, said it was imperative signs be made more obvious to stop another accident.

She said: “It is terrible that something like this has happened. We need more signs.

“The driver should have been aware further back along the road that there was a low bridge.

“I have got to say, I have never noticed the signs before and I travel on that road two or three times a day.

“The signs need to be more obvious and bigger for a start.

“They need to be more in your face because we cannot have accidents like this occuring.

“Somebody could have been really seriously injured and whoever was in the car has been very, very lucky.”

A bridge is considered to be low if it is under 16ft 6in and along this part of the track, there are other bridges at 14ft 9in and another at 12ft.

Residents living close by said it had been struck four times in the past year by HGVs using the route.

Bernard McFadden, who lives in Blackburn Road, said he was worried that if nothing was done there would be more accidents.

He said: “It has happened a few times before but nothing as severe as this one.

“It caused quite a bit of congestion and the car was a right mess, it must have been a write off.”

Coun Peter Britclifffe, leader of the opposition at Hyndburn Council, said he would also be speaking with Lancashire County Council to have more warning signs put up before vehicles approached the bridge.

He said: “Double decker buses go under the bridge quite easily, so it is quite high. But there is obviously a problem there and there needs to be more signs to prevent this from happening.”

Specialist investigators examined the bridge for around 30 minutes before trains were allowed to cross again.

A police inquiry is also underway to determine how the collision happened.

The driver of the Micra was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital for treatment and later released, and the driver of the HGV, who, it is understood was not following a Satnav, did not receive serious injuries.

A spokesman for Network Rail said some disruption was caused to train journeys while the bridge was closed.

He said: “We had a call at 9.55am from Lancashire Police to reports that a vehicle had stuck a bridge.

“Our bridges are categorised into green, red or amber and this bridge was red, which means if a vehicle collides with it, we immediately stop all traffic crossing it.

“Our engineers were happy that it was only superficial damage to the bridge and no further action was required.”

He said bridge strikes often took place across Lancashire but only accidents in which someone was injured were recorded.

PC Will Wells, from the road policing department, said: “We are going to be investigating to find out exactly what happened, although nobody has been arrested and the incident is being investigated as a collision.”

Nobody from the HGV company R Spivey & Son, in West Yorkshire, was available for comment.

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1:08pm Wed 5 Sep 12

Si_Nick says...

Surely a lorry driver should know the height of their vehicle. If the big yellow and black banner on the bridge and the warning triangle stating the height aren't sufficient then I don't feel the driver should be responsible for driving a lorry.
Surely a lorry driver should know the height of their vehicle. If the big yellow and black banner on the bridge and the warning triangle stating the height aren't sufficient then I don't feel the driver should be responsible for driving a lorry. Si_Nick
  • Score: 5

3:46pm Wed 5 Sep 12

burner says...

. . . or you could paint it red and white and have a big black and yellow striped edge on it . . . oh, wait a minute !!!
. . . or you could paint it red and white and have a big black and yellow striped edge on it . . . oh, wait a minute !!! burner
  • Score: 0

4:28pm Wed 5 Sep 12

accyphil says...

It has the required signs, maybe the driver should use his eyes instead.
It has the required signs, maybe the driver should use his eyes instead. accyphil
  • Score: 0

4:54pm Wed 5 Sep 12

alf-abett says...

For as long has bridges have been in place vehicles of all discriptions have collied with them.

It's quite simple really, it's driver error. Is, was and always will be the reason for these incidents.

And to clarify in simple terms for the unconvinced, the law states that . drivers of high sided vehicles must be aware of it's height before taking it on the road.

Height + weight = clearance.
For as long has bridges have been in place vehicles of all discriptions have collied with them. It's quite simple really, it's driver error. Is, was and always will be the reason for these incidents. And to clarify in simple terms for the unconvinced, the law states that . drivers of high sided vehicles must be aware of it's height before taking it on the road. Height + weight = clearance. alf-abett
  • Score: -1

5:20pm Wed 5 Sep 12

A Darener says...

alf-abett wrote:
For as long has bridges have been in place vehicles of all discriptions have collied with them.

It's quite simple really, it's driver error. Is, was and always will be the reason for these incidents.

And to clarify in simple terms for the unconvinced, the law states that . drivers of high sided vehicles must be aware of it's height before taking it on the road.

Height + weight = clearance.
Or even width!
[quote][p][bold]alf-abett[/bold] wrote: For as long has bridges have been in place vehicles of all discriptions have collied with them. It's quite simple really, it's driver error. Is, was and always will be the reason for these incidents. And to clarify in simple terms for the unconvinced, the law states that . drivers of high sided vehicles must be aware of it's height before taking it on the road. Height + weight = clearance.[/p][/quote]Or even width! A Darener
  • Score: -2

6:45pm Wed 5 Sep 12

dom jolly says...

Plain and simple, a bridge has it's height and width bolted to it. A lorry has the lorries height and width on display in the cab.

DRIVER ERROR - the driver's a t*t and should be gang raped by a pack of dog's.
Plain and simple, a bridge has it's height and width bolted to it. A lorry has the lorries height and width on display in the cab. DRIVER ERROR - the driver's a t*t and should be gang raped by a pack of dog's. dom jolly
  • Score: -3

8:10pm Wed 5 Sep 12

sharpy 1 says...

as the driver of a high sided vehicle myself it never fails to amaze me how everyone becomes an expert when someone has an accident.unfortunate
ly like you amazing people us mere mortals do have accidents. as for the lorry driver being a t*t it strikes me there is only one t*t and thats you dom jolly!
as the driver of a high sided vehicle myself it never fails to amaze me how everyone becomes an expert when someone has an accident.unfortunate ly like you amazing people us mere mortals do have accidents. as for the lorry driver being a t*t it strikes me there is only one t*t and thats you dom jolly! sharpy 1
  • Score: 2

8:22pm Wed 5 Sep 12

sharpy 1 says...

As for the height and width in a cab, i dont know what you drive but i certainly dont have width marker in my truck.
As for the height and width in a cab, i dont know what you drive but i certainly dont have width marker in my truck. sharpy 1
  • Score: 1

10:42pm Wed 5 Sep 12

Chris P Bacon says...

sharpy 1 wrote:
as the driver of a high sided vehicle myself it never fails to amaze me how everyone becomes an expert when someone has an accident.unfortunate

ly like you amazing people us mere mortals do have accidents. as for the lorry driver being a t*t it strikes me there is only one t*t and thats you dom jolly!
No one has an 'accident'. They are either the victim or the instigator of an incident. I feel very concerned that an illiterate no-mark like you feels justified to pre-judge his future carnage and is allowed to hold a licence. I sincerely hope yours isn't an HGV as your attitude renders you incapable of holding one.
[quote][p][bold]sharpy 1[/bold] wrote: as the driver of a high sided vehicle myself it never fails to amaze me how everyone becomes an expert when someone has an accident.unfortunate ly like you amazing people us mere mortals do have accidents. as for the lorry driver being a t*t it strikes me there is only one t*t and thats you dom jolly![/p][/quote]No one has an 'accident'. They are either the victim or the instigator of an incident. I feel very concerned that an illiterate no-mark like you feels justified to pre-judge his future carnage and is allowed to hold a licence. I sincerely hope yours isn't an HGV as your attitude renders you incapable of holding one. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 1

4:11pm Thu 6 Sep 12

sharpy 1 says...

Oxford English Dictionary definition of an accident - an unfortunate incident which happens unexpectedly and unintentionally. I doubt very much if the driver of that truck set out on Tuesday morning with the intention of striking that bridge, therefore an accident. I have been a HGV driver for 25 years with no blame-worthy accidents and Mr sexist Chris P Bacon I am female!
Oxford English Dictionary definition of an accident - an unfortunate incident which happens unexpectedly and unintentionally. I doubt very much if the driver of that truck set out on Tuesday morning with the intention of striking that bridge, therefore an accident. I have been a HGV driver for 25 years with no blame-worthy accidents and Mr sexist Chris P Bacon I am female! sharpy 1
  • Score: 2

12:44am Sun 9 Sep 12

mikebuk says...

'I was delivering this bridge, and I can't find the address anywhere'.
'I was delivering this bridge, and I can't find the address anywhere'. mikebuk
  • Score: 0

5:13pm Thu 13 Sep 12

dom jolly says...

sharpy 1 wrote:
as the driver of a high sided vehicle myself it never fails to amaze me how everyone becomes an expert when someone has an accident.unfortunate ly like you amazing people us mere mortals do have accidents. as for the lorry driver being a t*t it strikes me there is only one t*t and thats you dom jolly!
sharpy1 - So let me get this right, the driver was not a t*t ?

I'm the t*t for my comment (which never hit a bridge) ?

If a driver can't use his/her eye's to avoid an accident then they are a t*t.

You are a t*t of the highest order and need to remove that bag of chip's from upon your shoulder.

I do know a little about driving HGV's, i drove them for 15 years, and i never hit a bridge !!! t*t
[quote][p][bold]sharpy 1[/bold] wrote: as the driver of a high sided vehicle myself it never fails to amaze me how everyone becomes an expert when someone has an accident.unfortunate ly like you amazing people us mere mortals do have accidents. as for the lorry driver being a t*t it strikes me there is only one t*t and thats you dom jolly![/p][/quote]sharpy1 - So let me get this right, the driver was not a t*t ? I'm the t*t for my comment (which never hit a bridge) ? If a driver can't use his/her eye's to avoid an accident then they are a t*t. You are a t*t of the highest order and need to remove that bag of chip's from upon your shoulder. I do know a little about driving HGV's, i drove them for 15 years, and i never hit a bridge !!! t*t dom jolly
  • Score: 0

9:37am Sat 15 Sep 12

sharpy 1 says...

Well Dom Jolly your a very lucky person! You never put the size of HGV you drove? 7.5 tones does not really count you t*t, you must be a wanabe HGV class one driver, your not going to hit much in a puddle jumper. Like i put to the other expert, that driver did not go out that day with the intension of striking that bridge. It was not the t*t thing wich wound me up, it was he should be gang raped by a pack of dogs! So Dom Jolly i think your the t*t for making that comment........
Well Dom Jolly your a very lucky person! You never put the size of HGV you drove? 7.5 tones does not really count you t*t, you must be a wanabe HGV class one driver, your not going to hit much in a puddle jumper. Like i put to the other expert, that driver did not go out that day with the intension of striking that bridge. It was not the t*t thing wich wound me up, it was he should be gang raped by a pack of dogs! So Dom Jolly i think your the t*t for making that comment........ sharpy 1
  • Score: 1

2:45pm Sun 16 Sep 12

KenADI says...

Surely in these modern times, it shouldn't be beyond the bounds of feasibility to have some fairly simple electronic device attached to the bridge, that detects an approaching vehicle's height. That could then light up a sign to warn the approaching driver that their vehicle is too high, before it's too late.
Surely in these modern times, it shouldn't be beyond the bounds of feasibility to have some fairly simple electronic device attached to the bridge, that detects an approaching vehicle's height. That could then light up a sign to warn the approaching driver that their vehicle is too high, before it's too late. KenADI
  • Score: 1

2:49pm Sun 16 Sep 12

KenADI says...

Surely in these modern times, it shouldn't be beyond the bounds of feasibility to attach a fairly simple electronic device to the bridge to detect an approaching vehicle's height. If the vehicle is too high, then a message could be flashed up to warn the approaching driver before it's too late.
Surely in these modern times, it shouldn't be beyond the bounds of feasibility to attach a fairly simple electronic device to the bridge to detect an approaching vehicle's height. If the vehicle is too high, then a message could be flashed up to warn the approaching driver before it's too late. KenADI
  • Score: 0

12:42pm Mon 17 Sep 12

dom jolly says...

sharpy 1 wrote:
Well Dom Jolly your a very lucky person! You never put the size of HGV you drove? 7.5 tones does not really count you t*t, you must be a wanabe HGV class one driver, your not going to hit much in a puddle jumper. Like i put to the other expert, that driver did not go out that day with the intension of striking that bridge. It was not the t*t thing wich wound me up, it was he should be gang raped by a pack of dogs! So Dom Jolly i think your the t*t for making that comment........
Not being funny when i say this.......... but i don't recall having to tell you what class i drove.
Remember chips are made to be eaten and not worn !!!!

If you are wound up so much by me typing words about dog's and pack's i think you need to go see your therapist !!!

Get a life, stop trying to defend people (or other knights of the road), who would probably tell you to eff off.

And for your doo going information, it was class 1 i drove.

Remember the 'sticks and stones' saying? get over it as Boyzone sang 'its only words'
[quote][p][bold]sharpy 1[/bold] wrote: Well Dom Jolly your a very lucky person! You never put the size of HGV you drove? 7.5 tones does not really count you t*t, you must be a wanabe HGV class one driver, your not going to hit much in a puddle jumper. Like i put to the other expert, that driver did not go out that day with the intension of striking that bridge. It was not the t*t thing wich wound me up, it was he should be gang raped by a pack of dogs! So Dom Jolly i think your the t*t for making that comment........[/p][/quote]Not being funny when i say this.......... but i don't recall having to tell you what class i drove. Remember chips are made to be eaten and not worn !!!! If you are wound up so much by me typing words about dog's and pack's i think you need to go see your therapist !!! Get a life, stop trying to defend people (or other knights of the road), who would probably tell you to eff off. And for your doo going information, it was class 1 i drove. Remember the 'sticks and stones' saying? get over it as Boyzone sang 'its only words' dom jolly
  • Score: 0

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