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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Lucky escape: Digger knocked off truck after it hits bridge

Dig out: CCTV footage of the digger being knocked off the back of the lorry after it struck the bridge
Dig out: CCTV footage of the digger being knocked off the back of the lorry after it struck the bridge
Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

Pedestrians and motorists on Amiens Street had a lucky escape when a truck hit the railway bridge, causing a digger it was carrying to be knocked off on to the other side of the road.

Irish Rail issued a warning for HGV drivers to be aware of their load height, warning that someone could have been killed, after the incident at lunchtime yesterday. Rail services between Connolly and Tara Street were suspended after the incident at around 1.20pm, but resumed shortly afterwards.

There were also delays to traffic approaching from the North Strand road.

Irish Rail shared dramatic CCTV footage of the accident to raise awareness of the dangers posed by high loads, and warned that the crash could have been fatal.

"Had pedestrians, cyclists or motorists been on the other side of the road, people could have been killed at Amiens St this lunchtime," they said on Twitter.

"Know your load height for the safety of all."

A Garda spokeswoman told Independent.ie: "A HGV hit the railway bridge at around 1.20 this afternoon, Monday April 8, 2019.

"It has been confirmed there has been no structural damage to the railway bridge and all traffic is moving."

Irish Independent

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