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Road closure as lorry slams into Shortlands railway bridge for second time this year

PUBLISHED: 12:45 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:58 19 June 2017

The bridge at Shortlands railway station was struck by a Tesco lorry in the early hours of Monday morning. Photo: Jonathan Cousins

The bridge at Shortlands railway station was struck by a Tesco lorry in the early hours of Monday morning. Photo: Jonathan Cousins

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The crash happened in the early hours of this morning

The bridge at Shortlands railway station was struck by a Tesco lorry in the early hours of Monday morning. Photo: Jonathan CousinsThe bridge at Shortlands railway station was struck by a Tesco lorry in the early hours of Monday morning. Photo: Jonathan Cousins

A Tesco lorry has become the second vehicle of the year to plough into a railway bridge near Shortlands train station following a crash on Monday.

The lorry crashed into the bridge while trying to drive under it just before 1am, blocking Bromley Road and Beckenham Lane in both directions.

Motorists were warned to avoid the scene of the crash, which caused the busy road to close in both directions until around 2.30pm the same day.

No injuries were reported in the crash, which caused no structural damage to the bridge.

Shortlands resident Jonathan Cousins told us: “I heard the sound and first thought it was thunder, then I thought of the the bridge, as it has been battered many times in the past.

“The damage to the lorry was fairly ridiculous, the top was peeled back like a sardine can with debris littering the road, I could see the driver seemed shocked but unharmed.”

Despite the clearly signed 12-foot height restriction, this is the fourth time in two years a tall vehicle has collided with the bridge.

In May, the bridge was struck by a replacement double-decker bus service, ripping the vehicle’s roof and upper level clean off.

Going back to October 2015, the bridge was struck twice within ten days.

In the wake of the latest crash, Network Rail, has appealed for lorry and bus drivers heading through the area to be more careful.

A spokesperson said: “We would urge all drivers of HGVs to double check the height of their vehicles before leaving the depot and make sure they are suitable for driving underneath lower bridges.

“Crashes such as this can affect train services and can also cost a significant amount of money to fix.”

Met Police attended the scene and had managed to remove the lorry by 2am, while a closure remained in police to clear the road of remaining debris.

No arrests were made.

A spokesperson from Tesco said: “We can confirm that one of our lorries was involved in an incident near Shortlands railway station.

“We are relieved that nobody was hurt and are speaking to our colleague to understand how this happened.”

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