Staffordshire Police vehicle

A road in Lichfield has been closed after a lorry struck a bridge.

Police were called to Birmingham Road just after 12.45pm today (22nd December).

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said there were no injuries in the incident.

“Officers attended and found that a HGV had struck a railway bridge.”

Staffordshire Police spokesperson

Vehicles were turned back at Wall Island while the incident was dealt with.

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  1. Not more accommodation for retirement people Lichfield’s already got more than its share with the nick name granny stackers didn’t see any provisions for a new doctors
    Heaven help us

  2. Just waiting for the loony lefties on here to blame either Michael Fabricant or Brexit for this latest HGV/ train bridge collision.

  3. Well that’s two contributions from those who have been at the Christmas sherry.
    Let’s hope 2022 is kinder to us all…… Happy Christmas to all at Lichfield Live and their readers.

  4. And a very Merry Christmas to you too, Philip, and to everyone in our community. Thank you for your good wishes, and here’s to us all making 2022 kinder for everyone.

  5. Not sure what this has to do with the ‘loony lefties’ or Boris/Brexit-blamers tbh. Some people really have a victim complex, huh?

  6. Nodge they can’t bring themselves to see the reality of what their votes have led to. So they need to make fun of others who didn’t vote for this.

  7. How long will this ridiculous chaos go on when drivers, unaware of the height of their vehicles and unable to read warning signs, strike the railway bridge? Could not a gantry-style construction be erected just before the bridge? This would prevent the wedging under and damaging of bridge thereby saving money and diverted drivers’ time.

  8. @MEJ…. A very sensible suggestion. Far cheaper than damage to the bridges and lorries. Perhaps the road haulage association and insurance companies along with the council could finance it. The simplest ideas are the best and yours is easily implementable. Well said !

  9. Happy Christmas Philip and all L L readers.
    The solution to lorries v low bridges should surely be reached by better brains than mine. Modern technology could detect an excessively high vehicle and flash a stop sign before impact.
    This is such an important issue to be resolved. Buses have been driven into bridges resulting in tragic injuries to passengers.

  10. HGV companies/ drivers should invest more in proper HGV Sat Navs which you put in destination and it routes you to that location taking into account low bridges and other Diversions etc, thus avoiding any problems. Instead of using normal car sat Navs or phone GPS. Plus the driver should know his vehicle height

  11. Oh crikey, it looks like the loony leftie brigade have took some of these light hearted comments on this subject far too seriously. No surprise to be honest!

  12. @captain gerbil : looks like we have contributions from those who have been sipping the old Christmas champagne. The lefties don’t get humour or banter , they just need to get their point over.

  13. The disused railway bridge on the Birmingham Road has always been a problem because it is arched, so high-sided vehicles have to go under it in the middle of the road, or if the driver doesn’t notice the hazard they run into it. The problem will soon be made much worse when the A51 traffic to/from the Western bypass will soon be prevented from driving along St Johns and Upper St Johns streets when the 7.5 ton weight limit is introduced. HGV drivers are now supposed to Travel along St Foye Avenue to reach the new bypass extension to London Road, which is not satisfactory for a A-road traffic and is longer than the short cut along the Birmingham Road. There are 2 possible solutions: rebuild this dangerous bridge over the Birmingham Road, or better, complete the planned bypass from the roundabout of the A51 and A515 at the NW of Lichfield, round to the roundabout on the A461 Walsall Road and Limburg Avenue; both require significant investment.

  14. @MEJ : They have systems that detect a vehicle height and flash a ‘stop’ warning in Australia and in America. Guess what, the driver does not see them, same as ignoring the maximum height signs on the bridges. The result being they still have bridge strikes. (You can see plenty of examples on YouTube).

    The gantry-style construction that you mention is a far better solution as it’s hit by the overheight vehicle first, thus preventing damage to the bridge.

    I’m not sure whether the haulage company is charged for the time and the cost of bridge strikes. I know this happens in some countries and I’m sure acts as some sort of deterrent.

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