Royal Mail lorry hits bridge

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

A ROYAL Mail lorry tore its trailer apart af­ter hit­ting the rail­way bridge on Nutts Lane in Hinck­ley.

The ve­hi­cle slammed into the bridge, which has a 15ft height limit, at around mid­night on the night of De­cem­ber 1.

Im­ages of the ar­tic­u­lated truck’s trailer, bear­ing the slo­gan “16 bil­lion items de­liv­ered safely and se­curely every sin­gle year”, were posted on the Spot­ted Hinck­ley Face­book page.

Posters said that the noise of the im­pact “sounded like earth­quake”.

Oth­ers said the noise of the im­pact “sounded like earth­quake!”

Coun­cil­lor David Bill, who rep­re­sents Hol­ly­croft di­vi­sion on Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil, wrote an email to the High­ways depart­ment to high­light the in­ci­dent.

He said: “We have be­come used the near weekly smashes into the rail­way bridge on the A5 but this just about takes the bis­cuit.

“The Royal Mail is still a na­tional in­sti­tu­tion and should be ca­pa­ble of know­ing the height of its ve­hi­cles and which route they should take.

“It just un­der­lines what we have been say­ing for years and that is that Nutts Lane is to­tally un­suited to take all this heavy traf­fic.”

Nei­ther Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice not Le­ices­ter­shire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice were called to deal with the in­ci­dent.

It is not known if the driver was in­jured in the crash.

Nutts Lane res­i­dents said that HGVs of­ten use the road that con­nects the A5 and Coven­try Road.

Iron­i­cally, it be­comes very busy when the A5 rail­way bridge is hit. This other bridge is hit quite fre­quently.

One res­i­dent filed a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest that un­cov­ered that the rail­way bridge on the A5 was struck more than once a month for the last five years un­til Au­gust 2018.

Of the 64 in­ci­dents recorded, 55 were con­firmed to be lor­ries.

A Royal Mail lorry struck the rail­way bridge on Nutts Lane in Hinck­ley.

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