Warning to drivers after two lorries get stuck under Kettering railway bridge

A lorry collided with the low railway bridge in Rothwell Road, Kettering
A lorry collided with the low railway bridge in Rothwell Road, Kettering

Lorry drivers have been warned to be aware of height limits on Northamptonshire’s roads – after two lorries in as many days got stuck under a Kettering railway bridge.

One HGV collided with the bridge at the bottom of Rothwell Road, close to Kettering General Hospital, at about 8.25pm on Friday, October 17.

A Dunelm lorry collided with the low railway bridge in Rothwell Road, Kettering

A Dunelm lorry collided with the low railway bridge in Rothwell Road, Kettering

The same thing then happened with a second lorry at about 10am on Sunday, October 19.

In Friday’s incident police closed the road for more than two hours while recovery work took place. More than 20 trains on the Midland Mainline, which is operated by East Midlands Trains, were also delayed while the bridge was assessed for damage.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “Once the vehicle was recovered our engineers inspected the bridge and normal line speeds resumed at 10pm. There was minor damage to the bridge, which our maintenance team will fix.”

Meanwhile, the section of Rothwell Road was also shut for almost an hour following Sunday’s incident.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council, which is in charge of the county’s highways, said: “We are aware that the A14 roadworks may be causing traffic to occasionally find alternative routes through Kettering and using their sat navs to do this.

“Generally speaking the sat navs will not identify low bridges and the onus is still on the driver to know the height of their vehicles and ensure there are not any low bridges on their route.

“The bridge in Rothwell Road, like all our low bridges, is signed to indicate the height.

“We would advise drivers to be cautious about following directions via their sat navs.”