Lorry gets stuck under railway bridge in Lisburn

Emergency services on Antrim Street in Lisburn after a lorry became stuck under a low bridge. Picture by Hugh Russell

MOTORISTS faced delays in Lisburn today after a lorry became stuck under a low railway bridge.

It happened on Antrim Street, blocking the road underneath the bridge and causing traffic disruption in the area over the lunchtime period.

Translink had warned that bus and rail services could be disrupted as a result of the crash, while the PSNI advised motorists to avoid the area.

The PSNI's road policing unit said on Twitter: "A lorry is stuck under Railway Bridge on Antrim Street, Lisburn, which is leading to tailbacks. Please seek an alternative route if possible."

Public transport operator Translink tweeted: "Due to a vehicle striking a railway bridge at Lisburn train services running through this station may be delayed. Disruption is expected until further notice."

Emergency service personnel were called to the scene and, with the assistance of a local contractor, were able to free the lorry.

Structural engineers assessed the bridge and the road was later reopened.

A police spokesman said there were "no injuries reported at the time of the incident".

The low-level bridge, which has a clearance height of 11ft, is clearly signposted with huge yellow signs on each side saying "low bridge" to warn motorists.

 Picture by Hugh Russell

Picture by Hugh Russell

 Picture by Hugh Russell

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