Roof ripped off ‘like a tin can’

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Campaigners say they will be monitoring accidents at a bridge in Ambergate after a lorry had its roof ripped off “like a tin can”.

The accident on the A6, which took place at around 3.30pm on Thursday, caused trains travelling on the main Matlock to Derby line to be halted while engineers carried out a structural assessment of the bridge.

Fire crews were called to the scene at 1.55pm and were joined by police and ambulance services. Fortunately the driver escaped unhurt.

It is the second time in the past three months a lorry has hit the bridge.

It was last struck in August when a juggernaut smashed into it, again delaying trains, while the driver was taken to hospital with injuries.

Now, the Bullbridge and Sawmills Area Civic Society says it will be discussing the problem with highway chiefs and will be investigating whether the demolition of a bridge at Sawmills on the A610 has caused lorries to use this route instead, and prompted the accidents, it says.

Gill Hirst, from the society, said: “We are wondering whether the demolition of the bridge on the A610 has opened up a new route and more lorries are going under this bridge on the A6.

“Certainly with the bridge on the A610 it stopped lorry drivers using the route and hitting the railway bridge. The accident on Thursday peeled the roof off the lorry like a tin can.

“We will be discussing the matter with various people and keeping a very close eye on it.

“One other thing that is important in preventing this sort of accident taking place is that lorry drivers use a lorry drivers’ sat nav and not one which is designed for car rivers.