Lorry stuck under Kettering rail bridge

Police have closed the road

Monday, 27th January 2020, 1:29 pm
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 2:59 pm

Traffic is heavy near a double roundabout in Kettering this afternoon (Monday) after a lorry got stuck under a bridge.

The Northampton Road rail bridge, near the town's railway station, is closed to traffic after the incident involving white DAF at about midday.

High vehicles travelling under the bridge are clearly warned to use the centre of the road but the DAF is stuck under the left hand side.

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The scene this afternoon.

It tried to reverse out from under the bridge without success.

Police are at the scene preventing traffic from going under the bridge from Northfield Avenue and no cars are able to go down the other side of the bridge unless they are turning off to Lake Avenue, Greenhill Road or Bowhill with a diversion along Gipsy Lane.

A police spokesman said it is not yet known when road under the bridge will re-open with Network Rail engineers assessing it.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “Shortly before 12.15pm Northamptonshire Police reported that a lorry had struck a railway bridge inn Northampton Road in Kettering.

“Train services were impacted for a short time whilst the railway lines were inspected and were able to resume as normal by 12:55.

“We can’t stress enough how important it is for drivers to know the height of their vehicle.

"Bridge strikes are entirely avoidable, cost taxpayers millions of pounds and cause delays to tens of thousands of rail passengers every year.”