Updated: Lorry gets stuck under railway bridge in Bexhill

The lorry crashed into the Sackville Road railway bridge. Photo by Charmaine Hart
The lorry crashed into the Sackville Road railway bridge. Photo by Charmaine Hart

A lorry crashed into a railway bridge in Bexhill town centre this morning (Tuesday, March 15).

The lorry got stuck under the Sackville Road bridge shortly after 10am.

The driver was not injured.

The road was closed between Terminus Road and Wickham Avenue, but has now been reopened as the lorry has been removed.

Trains continued to run at a reduced speed over the bridge until Network Rail arrived on the scene to assess it.

There were some minor delays to trains, but normal service resumed at around 11.10am.

The incident happened just over a week after Network Rail issued a plea to lorry drivers to be more careful when driving under bridges, following a series of recent incidents in the south east.

Network Rail’s route managing director, Alasdair Coates, said: “We work closely with highways authorities to make sure our low bridges have good signage and drivers are aware when they may be in danger of hitting them.

“Despite that, we continue to see passengers delayed by high vehicles striking our bridges.

“With a railway network as busy and complex as ours in the South East, knock-on delays can spread very quickly and far from the site of the original incident.

“I urge hauliers and drivers to please be more careful.”

Network Rail issued the statement after three bridges were hit within 12 hours of each other earlier this month.

First, a bridge over the South Circular in Tulse Hill was hit on March 3, leading to delays to Thameslink passengers.

The following day Grosvenor Road Bridge near Victoria was hit by a heavy goods vehicle, leading to delays to Southern and Gatwick Express passengers, and a bridge near Orpington station was struck, bringing delays to Southeastern passengers.

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