Lorry overturns on Newport's Southern Distributor Road after hitting bridge

South Wales Argus: CRASH: The lorry on its side on the westbound side of the SDR (Picture courtesy of Carl Slocombe) CRASH: The lorry on its side on the westbound side of the SDR (Picture courtesy of Carl Slocombe)

UPDATE: 3.32pm

The SDR is now fully open.

UPDATE: 12.47pm

Carl Slocombe, from Caerleon, was travelling alongside the lorry in his car when the incident happened.

He told the Argus that as he approached the bridge he spotted that a crane on the back of the lorry, between the cab and a storage container it was carrying, was sticking up and it was this that hit the side of the bridge.

"It just flipped the front of the lorry up and the whole thing went over on its side," said Mr Slocombe, who was on a shopping trip at the time.

"I'd seen the crane up just before it happened and everything just seemed to go in slow motion.

"I parked up and ran back, and thankfully other drivers had stopped but the men in the lorry had managed to get out.

"It was very lucky for them, and a good job no-one was on the pavement because the lorry had gone through the barrier."

A resident of Spytty Lane, on the Morrisons side of the dual carriageway, said that when the lorry struck the bridge, such was the impact that her bungalow "shook."

The road was fully closed in both directions for a time, but at 11:30am police re-opened the eastbound carriageway.

The westbound carriageway of the road remains closed however, with traffic being diverted, whilst the vehicle is recovered and checks are carried out on the bridge structure.

UPDATE: 12.14pm

The lorry on its side on the SDR. Pics: Mark Lewis

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Congestion on the SDR:

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UPDATE: 11.10pm

A LORRY has overturned on the westbound side of the Southern Distributor Road, in Newport, near Carcraft, after hitting a railway bridge.

South Wales Fire Service report that the incident happened at around 10.30am this morning and the two occupants of the lorry escaped before the emergency services arrived.

They have minor injuries and have received first aid at the scene.

Police are at the scene and are diverting traffic. It is understood that train services using the line carried by the bridge are being stopped while checks are carried out.

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11:30am Fri 23 May 14

Woodgnome says...

Vehicles turn over on the SDR with alarming frequency.
Vehicles turn over on the SDR with alarming frequency. Woodgnome
  • Score: 28

12:20pm Fri 23 May 14

displayed says...

"A LORRY has overturned on the westbound side of the Southern Distributor Road, in Newport, near Carcraft, after hitting a railway bridge."

Someone didnt know their vehicle height!

"two occupants of the lorry escaped before the emergency services arrived."
Were they recaptured after!
No mention of the driver either...........

Yes folks, there always something going happening on the SDR!
"A LORRY has overturned on the westbound side of the Southern Distributor Road, in Newport, near Carcraft, after hitting a railway bridge." Someone didnt know their vehicle height! "two occupants of the lorry escaped before the emergency services arrived." Were they recaptured after! No mention of the driver either........... Yes folks, there always something going happening on the SDR! displayed
  • Score: -15

12:22pm Fri 23 May 14

displayed says...

I'm so excited, I included a typo...............
I'm so excited, I included a typo............... displayed
  • Score: -16

1:49pm Fri 23 May 14

NakedDancer says...

The SDR is probably not to blame in this case. A lorry driving around with the crane up will hit a bridge somewhere eventually.
The SDR is probably not to blame in this case. A lorry driving around with the crane up will hit a bridge somewhere eventually. NakedDancer
  • Score: 20

4:07pm Fri 23 May 14

Port0214 says...

All bridges in the UK above 16'3 are not marked with their height, most commercial vehicles rarely go much above 16".

Clearly the crane was on top of the shipping container the driver has the responsibility of knowing the height and a height indicator inside the cab has to set accordingly, not so in this case.
All bridges in the UK above 16'3 are not marked with their height, most commercial vehicles rarely go much above 16". Clearly the crane was on top of the shipping container the driver has the responsibility of knowing the height and a height indicator inside the cab has to set accordingly, not so in this case. Port0214
  • Score: 8

7:35pm Fri 23 May 14

displayed says...

I drove past there after the truck and the crane had been cleared.
Heading towards Tesco and although traffic coming from Tescos direction was diverted up thro Nash rd and Cromwell Rd .
There was broken down Brewery vehicle on the outside lane, causing traffic to be restricted to the inside lane rite by the roundbout!
Perfect timin as usual!
I drove past there after the truck and the crane had been cleared. Heading towards Tesco and although traffic coming from Tescos direction was diverted up thro Nash rd and Cromwell Rd . There was broken down Brewery vehicle on the outside lane, causing traffic to be restricted to the inside lane rite by the roundbout! Perfect timin as usual! displayed
  • Score: -3

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