December 9 2013 Latest news:
Monday, August 12, 2013
A HORSEBOX became wedged under Ely’s 9ft high railway bridge today after the driver either ignored or misread warning signs.
Network Rail and Cambridgeshire police were called shortly after midday following reports that the horsebox, with a horse still inside, was stuck under the bridge in Station Road.
Traffic was diverted via an overpass – which is designed for high sided vehicles- while recovery crews worked to remove the horsebox, with lengthy delays in both directions on the A142 running between Ely and Soham. By 2pm the road had been cleared.
It is understood that the horse was uninjured in the incident.
The bridge has a notorious reputation for being hit – the record year being 2010 when it was hit 16 times by motorists unaware of or ignorant of the height restrictions.
Three years ago it was dubbed ‘the most bashed bridge’ in Britain following a spate of accidents involving lorries, caravans and camper vans.
Within the next three to five years the problem should disappear for motorists once a £30million southern by pass is built.
Network Rail has previous blamed satellite navigation systems as one of the main reasons for the bridge being bashed.
They reported repeated cases of people using sat-navs incorrectly and said drivers should remember to “use their wits as well”.