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Lucky escape for driver after car overturns in crash with lorry on the M5 between Droitwich and Worcester

A DRIVER had a lucky escape after a crash on the M5 between Droitwich and Worcester which left a car overturned.

The collision between a car and a lorry happened at 8.45pm last night.

When fire crews from Droitwich and Worcester arrived at the scene – on the southbound carriageway between Junction 5 and 6 – the motorist was already out of their vehicle.

Firefighters then winched the car back onto its wheels and officers from West Mercia Police took over to deal with the incident.

Huge concrete slab falls off lorry onto Regent Street Flyover during bridge demolition work

As part of the demolition of the bridge over York Road, a concrete section of the bridge was lifted by a crane onto a lorry last night.

It was placed onto the vehicle, but the lifting mechanism failed – causing it to collapse on the road.

Leeds City Council has released a statement following the incident.

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The concrete section of the bridge fell off the trailer onto the road (Photo: Jay Dominic)The concrete section of the bridge fell off the trailer onto the road (Photo: Jay Dominic)

The concrete section of the bridge fell off the trailer onto the road (Photo: Jay Dominic)

It said no one was injured when the concrete structure fell onto the road.

In a tweet, the council said: “Essential work to demolish and rebuild the northern section of Regent Street Flyover is currently ongoing.

“Last night, a concrete section of the demolished bridge was being lifted onto a specialist trailer to be disposed of and recycled away from site.

“It was safely placed onto the heavy load vehicle however there was failure of the trailer, causing the piece of bridge to shift from its resting position.

No one was injured in the incident (Photo: Jay Dominic)No one was injured in the incident (Photo: Jay Dominic)
No one was injured in the incident (Photo: Jay Dominic)

“It is now being broken up for safe removal and will be cleared from the site by lunchtime.

“There were no accidents or injuries as a consequence of the trailer system failing and work will continue to demolish the bridge over the coming days.”

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Bridge collapses as 120-tonne section falls onto road below in terrifying scenes

A truck has been smashed by a huge section of bridge during demolition works.

The incident happened in Regent Street near Leeds City College’s Quarry Hill campus as workmen tried to move the section of the bridge from a crane, with the 120 tonne debris landing on a truck.

Images from the scene have been shared online following the incident and appear show the road has been severely damaged from the incident.

An eyewitness told LeedsLive[1]: “120 tonne section of the A64 bridge replacement has just collapsed on the truck from the crane.”

Regent Street, Leeds, A64 bridge collapse
The A64 bridge replacement fell from a crane onto a truck below

The A64 is currently closed due to long-term construction work to upgrade the Regent Street flyover in the city centre.

This weekend is the first of four consecutive weekends when the road was due to be closed for the construction works to take place.

Regent Street at the Inner Ring Road was closed at 8pm on Friday night for the bridge demolition works and was due to reopen at at 5.30am on Monday, May 17.

Regent Street, Leeds, A64 bridge collapse
Images from the scene have been shared online following the incident

Yorkshire Ambulance Service confirmed to the Daily Star that they had not been called to the scene and that there were no casualties.

West Yorkshire Police also confirmed that police had not been called to the incident.

Workmen at the site told LeedsLive the lorry had simply broken down after the bridge was lifted onto the back of the truck and that it did not collapse.

Leeds City Council also contested the claims and says the concrete section of the demolished bridge was lifted “safely” onto the lorry however there was a “failure of the trailer”.

A statement from the council reads: “Essential work to demolish and rebuild the northern section of Regent Street Flyover is currently ongoing.

“Last night, a concrete section of the demolished bridge was being lifted onto a specialist trailer to be disposed of and recycled away from site.

Regent Street, Leeds, A64 bridge collapse
The bridge collapsed overnight

“It was safely placed onto the heavy load vehicle however there was failure of the trailer, causing the piece of bridge to shift from its resting position.

“It is now being broken up for safe removal and will be cleared from the site by lunchtime today.

“There were no accidents or injuries as a consequence of the trailer system failing and work will continue to demolish the bridge over the coming days.”

Daily Star has contacted West Yorkshire Combined Authority for further information.

The Regent Street Flyover was built in the late 1960s and carries the A64 Inner Ring Road over the A61 Regent Street, and is normally used by 70,000 vehicles per day.

The construction work is expected to take up to two years with completion set for spring 2022.

References

  1. ^ LeedsLive (www.leeds-live.co.uk)

Huge 120-tonne bridge falls from crane and crushes truck below

Huge 120-tonne bridge slips off back of lorry trailer after being lifted by crane during work on new flyover in Leeds city centre

  • The huge bridge in Leeds was being moved as part of planned demolition work
  • But 120-tonne structure collapsed onto street below after being lifted by crane 
  • Concrete chunk of bridge was ‘safely’ put onto heavy load trailer but came loose
  • Leeds City Council has confirmed there were no injuries during the incident 

A huge 120-tonne bridge slipped off the back of a specialised heavy load vehicle after being lifted by a crane as part of demolition works. 

The incident took place in Regent Street, Leeds as contractors worked on the A64 bridge replacement works that will see a new £31million flyover installed in the city centre. 

A section of the newly demolished bridge managed to destroy a truck below it as concrete chunks were being moved onto the back of a specialised vehicle yesterday evening.  

A piece of the concrete bridge had been ‘safely placed’ onto  heavy load vehicle, but a ‘failure of the trailer’ caused it to move according to Leeds City Council. 

The Regent Street Inner Ring Road had been closed since yesterday evening for ‘bridge demolition works’. 

It is understood the 120-tonne bridge was being moved by crane when it crushed a specialised vehicle on the street below. Pictured: The scene in Regent Street, Leeds last night

It is understood the 120-tonne bridge was being moved by crane when it crushed a specialised vehicle on the street below. Pictured: The scene in Regent Street, Leeds last night

It is understood the 120-tonne bridge was being moved by crane when it crushed a specialised vehicle on the street below. Pictured: The scene in Regent Street, Leeds last night

The Regent Street Inner Ring Road (above) had been closed since yesterday evening for 'bridge demolition works' as part of the city's £31million flyover upgrade project

The Regent Street Inner Ring Road (above) had been closed since yesterday evening for 'bridge demolition works' as part of the city's £31million flyover upgrade project

The Regent Street Inner Ring Road (above) had been closed since yesterday evening for ‘bridge demolition works’ as part of the city’s £31million flyover upgrade project

In a statement posted to Twitter this morning Leeds City Council explained a concrete chunk of the bridge had been 'safely placed onto the heavy load vehicle'

In a statement posted to Twitter this morning Leeds City Council explained a concrete chunk of the bridge had been 'safely placed onto the heavy load vehicle'

In a statement posted to Twitter this morning Leeds City Council explained a concrete chunk of the bridge had been ‘safely placed onto the heavy load vehicle’

An eyewitness explained to LeedsLive[2]: ‘120 tonne section of the A64 bridge replacement has just collapsed on the truck from the crane.’  

The works were due to last the next four weekends, until 5.30am on Monday June 7.

The Inner Ring Road site site was set to reopen on Monday, but pictures from this morning show the area has been fenced off. 

In a statement posted this morning, Leeds City Council said: ‘Essential work to demolish and rebuild the northern section of Regent Street Flyover is currently ongoing. 

‘Last night, a concrete section of the demolished bridge was being lifted onto a specialist trailer to be disposed of and recycled away from site. 

‘It was safely placed onto the heavy load vehicle however there was failure of the trailer, causing the piece of bridge to shift from its resting position.

‘It is now being broken up for safe removal and will be cleared from the site by lunchtime today.’ 

Pictures from this morning show part of Regent Street remains fenced off and debris that has been left in the wake of the incident

Pictures from this morning show part of Regent Street remains fenced off and debris that has been left in the wake of the incident

Pictures from this morning show part of Regent Street remains fenced off and debris that has been left in the wake of the incident

Work on the Leeds Regent Street £31million flyover project began last May and is expected to last two years. Pictured: Part of the 120-tonne structure shown this morning

Work on the Leeds Regent Street £31million flyover project began last May and is expected to last two years. Pictured: Part of the 120-tonne structure shown this morning

Work on the Leeds Regent Street £31million flyover project began last May and is expected to last two years. Pictured: Part of the 120-tonne structure shown this morning

The council has also since confirmed there were no injuries as a result of this incident. 

Work on the Leeds Regent Street flyover project, that is estimated to cost £31million, began last May and is expected to last two years.

As part of the upgrade scheme, the 60-year-old bridge that supports the A64 Inner Ring Road over the A61 Regent Street will need to be demolished.  

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References

  1. ^ Jacob Thorburn For Mailonline (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ LeedsLive (www.leeds-live.co.uk)

Leeds council statement on the Regent Street bridge ‘collapse’

Leeds City Council has issued a statement after reports a section of the Regent Street bridge had collapsed from a crane.

The incident was reported to have happened at Regent Street last night and an eyewitness had previously said: “120 tonne section of the A64 bridge replacement has just collapsed on the truck from the crane.”

However, workmen at the site told LeedsLive the lorry had simply broken down after the bridge was lifted onto the back of the truck.

To get the latest email updates from LeedsLive, click here.[1]

The authority[2] has also contested the claims and says the concrete section of the demolished bridge was lifted “safely” onto the lorry however there was a “failure of the trailer”.

A statement from the council reads: “Essential work to demolish and rebuild the northern section of Regent Street Flyover is currently ongoing.

A section of the bridge collapsed in Regent Street
A section of the bridge collapsed in Regent Street (Image: Submitted)

“Last night, a concrete section of the demolished bridge was being lifted onto a specialist trailer to be disposed of and recycled away from site.

“It was safely placed onto the heavy load vehicle however there was failure of the trailer, causing the piece of bridge to shift from its resting position. It is now being broken up for safe removal and will be cleared from the site by lunchtime today.

“There were no accidents or injuries as a consequence of the trailer system failing and work will continue to demolish the bridge over the coming days.”

References

  1. ^ click here (www.leeds-live.co.uk)
  2. ^ authority (www.leeds-live.co.uk)

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Tesla in fatal California crash ‘was on autopilot’

A Tesla involved in a fatal crash on a southern California freeway last week was operating on autopilot at the time, authorities said.

The May 5 crash in Fontana, a city 50 miles east of Los Angeles, is under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The probe is the 29th case involving a Tesla that the agency has responded to.

Tesla Model 3
A Tesla Model 3 (Tesla)

A 35-year-old man was killed when his Tesla Model 3 struck an overturned lorry on a freeway at about 2:30am.

The victim’s name has not yet been made public. Another man was seriously injured when the electric vehicle hit him as he was helping the lorry driver out of the wreck.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) announced on Thursday that the car had been operating Tesla’s partially automated driving system called Autopilot, which has been involved in multiple crashes.

The Fontana crash marks at least the fourth US death involving Autopilot.

“While the CHP does not normally comment on on-going investigations, the Department recognizes the high-level of interest centred around crashes involving Tesla vehicles,” the agency said in a statement.

“We felt this information provides an opportunity to remind the public that driving is a complex task that requires a driver’s full attention.”

The federal safety investigation comes just after the CHP arrested another man who authorities have said was in the back seat of a Tesla that was driving this week on Interstate 80 near Oakland with no-one behind the wheel.

CHP has not said if officials have determined whether the Tesla in the I-80 incident was operating on Autopilot, which can keep a car centred in its lane and a safe distance behind vehicles in front of it.

But it is likely that either Autopilot or “Full Self-Driving” were in operation for the driver to be in the back seat. Tesla is allowing a limited number of owners to test its self-driving system.