Truck stuck under bridge third incident

A truck was lodged under a bridge in Oamaru - the latest of three similar incidents at the Humber St rail bridge since 2014.

Constable Jay Morriss, of Oamaru, said the Conroy Removals truck became stuck about 10.15am, when the driver misjudged the 3.5m clearance height of the rail bridge while travelling south towards the intersection with Itchen St.

Contractors working just metres from the bridge helped free the truck, which was empty at the time, by partly deflating its tyres.

The driver was able to reverse the vehicle out of the predicament, albeit not smoothly.

A witness, who did not want to be named, said he had a feeling the truck might come to grief when he saw it approach the rail bridge.

A Conroy Removals truck became stuck under the Humber St rail bridge in Oamaru yesterday after it...
A Conroy Removals truck became stuck under the Humber St rail bridge in Oamaru yesterday after it failed to negotiate the 3.5m clearance height. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD
"We saw it come towards the bridge after another truck that came earlier, but stopped and turned back because it was not going to make it.

"I thought this one would be close and then it stopped and made a bang. It was a bit of excitement for the day."

The driver, who was not injured, declined to comment.

The southbound lane was closed for about 30 minutes.

Kiwirail staff inspected the bridge and found no issues.

In July 2018, a southbound H&J Bruce Transport Ltd truck struck the bridge, stopped and toppled on to its side, blocking the northbound lane.

In 2014, a northbound New Zealand Vehicle Deliveries Transport Ltd transporter truck carrying several cars also came to grief.

Two cars, including a black Audi, were shunted off the truck and badly damaged.

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