March 4, 2009
Oops! Cement mixer's 'sticky
situation' causes Highbridge traffic chaos
centre of Highbridge came to a complete standstill on Wednesday
afternoon (March 4th) when a cement mixing lorry became trapped
in a trench.
35-tonne vehicle became stuck when one of its rear wheels plunged
into a trench in Church Street during the current roadworks.
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.
Street was closed to traffic for almost an hour during the rush-hour
while the operation to move the vehicle was underway.
Jason Adams told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "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."
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."
was almost two hours later before a crane arrived to hoist the
lorry free, causing long queues and diversions for traffic."