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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Jammed truck causes traffic chaos as city is brought to standstill

The articulated lorry is wedged firmly under the bridge in Amiens Street
The articulated lorry is wedged firmly under the bridge in Amiens Street

A lorry became wedged under a railway bridge at one of the busiest routes in the city, causing traffic chaos yesterday.

Tourists and other visitors were beginning to arrive in the capital yesterday ahead of St Patrick's Day when the bizarre incident took place.

There were major bus and train delays after the bridge was struck at around 1pm on Amiens Street and saw an articulated lorry wedged underneath for several hours.

The truck was driving southbound towards the city when it struck the bridge, wedging it between the road and the rail bridge.

Emergency service vehicles responded, including gardai and members of the Dublin Fire Brigade.

No injuries were reported but major traffic disruption was caused throughout yesterday afternoon.

Irish Rail announced shortly after the accident that train services through Connolly Station would be suspended because of the incident.

"Crews are working to clear and carry out inspection of the bridge," a spokesman said.

He also noted that the 13.33pm Dublin Connolly to Rosslare Europort train departed after a 60-minute delay.

Gardai also put diversions in place along Amiens Street, one of the main thoroughfares out of the city centre.

A number of Dublin Bus routes were affected, including the 14, 15, 27/a/b, 29a, 31/a/b, 32, 42, 43, 53, 130, 151 and 747.

Cordoned

The area around the bridge was cordoned off as workers attempted to remove the articulated truck from the scene.

Reduced speeds for trains over the bridge were later lifted, with Irish Rail advising of knock-on delays.

At around 4.15pm workers managed to move the vehicle with the help of two mechanical diggers.

A chain was tied around the truck and attached to the machine before being pulled, moving the articulated lorry's wheels back on to the road.

AA Roadwatch reported traffic delays from the Pearse Street junction on Macken Street across Samuel Beckett Bridge and out to Summerhill. Traffic in Seville Place and Gardiner Street was heavy.

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