Royal Mail lorry hits bridge
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.