Published: March 4, 2009
Oops! Cement mixer's 'sticky situation' causes Highbridge traffic chaos

The centre of Highbridge came to a complete standstill on Wednesday afternoon (March 4th) when a cement mixing lorry became trapped in a trench.

The 35-tonne vehicle became stuck when one of its rear wheels plunged into a trench in Church Street during the current roadworks.

A team of workmen tried to free the stranded vehicle by reversing it out, but this had no effect and a huge crane was brought in to haul it away.

Church Street was closed to traffic for almost an hour during the rush-hour while the operation to move the vehicle was underway.

Eyewitness Jason Adams told "I heard a sound like a loud balloon burst, followed by a gush of air, while walking along Church Street on Wednesday afternoon. Debris was sent flying across the road and pavements."

"We went over and saw a cement mixer had become trapped in a trench. The vehicle was veering to one side, so the workmen quickly blocked off the pavement to make it safe."

"It was almost two hours later before a crane arrived to hoist the lorry free, causing long queues and diversions for traffic."


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