TRAFFIC chaos has hit a Hampshire town after a lorry has been trapped beneath a bridge - for the second time in just a few weeks.

The vehicle became stuck beneath the bridge in Botley Road at around 9am, near the roundabout at Winchester Road.

Police have told lorries and other high-sided vehicles to avoid Winchester Road.

Jeffrey Williams was in his house in Winchester Road when he heard the lorry getting stuck under the bridge.

 

He said: “I was in my lounge. There was a significant bang and I wondered what had happened.

“I thought it was a crash between two vehicles.

"I went outside to have a look and I saw the trailer dislodged from the lorry.”

The lorry is 4.5m high and belongs to Rygor Group Services.Andover Advertiser:

Reader Jeffrey Williams sent in this picture of the stricken vehicle with a soft-side trailer which has been bent out of shape by the collision.

Mr Williams reports that cars are mounting the pavement to get round the lorry.

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Valerie Reid, 82, from Winchester Road, added:" I have lived here nearly 40 years but I have never seen a lorry stuck under the bridge from that direction. I am glad that the driver appears to be okay."

It comes weeks after traffic in the town was brought to a halt when a waste lorry was trapped under a railway bridge in Greatbridge Road.