M20 CLOSED Kent. Footbridge collapse

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  1. Hollyberry

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    What on earth will the insurance bill for that be ?
     
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    Seems a lorry with a couple of diggers on hit it and it fell on another lorry. Nobody badly hurt thank goodness although it will be horrendous for those on their way abroad.
     
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    Hope no one was seriously injured.

    Could have been so much worse.
     
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    One of the guys on rvoc has posted that it will be shut for a few days whilst they clear it!! Can just imagine the miserable chaos this will create if this is true.
     
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    I heard about this on the news and they said that the motorcyclist was injured as he saw the bridge in his way and put his bike onto it's side and slide under the bridge to avoid hitting it at full force ... thank goodness he thought to do this otherwise I suspect he wouldn't have survived the impact.
     
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    BBC news had a police spokesman on who said it would be shut until at least lunch time tomorrow.
     
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    Hmmmmmmmmm, not easy to do that these days with ABS brakes.
     
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    Trouble is that other half above the coast bound side looks very precarious. That will have to be taken down as well before the road can re-open. And I suspect a lot of the heavy lifting gear in the country will be tied up this weekend on all the Railtrack possession works that are going on.
     
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    Looks like the lorry that was the cause of this mayhem was driving on the hard shoulder,is this an area,where that's permitted ..if not ...deep dooo doo for him and his company..
     
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    The more you look at it the more unbelievable it is that nobody was killed.
     
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    I seem to recall this bridge from travelling along that part of the road myself and it has quite a big drop on it from one side to the other (northern) to the other (southern) so I wonder if the driver of the flatbed with the digger on forgot about his high load and travelling in the nearside lane at the lowest point of the bridge and clipped it causing the problem ...
     
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    If it was low it should of been marked as. All bridges are at least 16ft6" unless marked up as different .
     
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    Looks like he was in the wrong place Mel I.e. The hard shoulder,most bridges are lower than main carriage way..
     
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    It may be that he pulled over onto that when he hit the bridge, can't say from the photos so it will be interesting to know exactly what happened.
     
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    Surely hard shoulder is still part of the road as such should be a 16ft6" bridge hight. Not much point in having hard shoulder if it can not be used by the traffic on the motorway otherwise.
     
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    Just seen on Channel 4 news first 2 people who stopped and ran to help were a critical care nurse and off duty police officer. Were able to help motorcyclist and any other injured before ambulances arrived. Maybe a factor in no loss of life?
     
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    Okay, I've got some of the photos and it appears that it could be the box lorry that is the one that's hit the bridge, not the one with the crane ... if you look at the image below you can see that the bridge has fallen onto the flatbed before the digger - it looks therefore like the flatbed driver may have driven onto the hard shoulder to avoid hitting the lorry in front and that's why he's there.

    Alternatively it could be that the arm of the digger hit the bridge and dislodged/broke it away in which case it would mean that the flatbed driver WAS already on the hard shoulder, and hit the bridge which then dropped onto the box lorry.

    I'm sure there'll be some reports on the news/internet shortly so we'll know in due course.

    bridge 1.JPG bridge 3.JPG bridge 2.JPG
     
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    We need CSI to sort this out.
     
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