Low loader driver “I followed correct route”

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Submitted photo by Nigel Davenhill

THE driver of a low loader truck carrying a huge crane, which was stuck in a residential street in Stratford-upon-Avon for four hours on Friday, was following a police notification route and did “not take a wrong turn” – according to the driver.

The truck from heavy haulage contractor GCS Johnson Ltd, in Richmond, Yorkshire, was carrying a rig from AGD Equipment, in Masons Road.

Peter Davies, who was driving the low loader, told the Herald: “I was following a police notification route, which means I can only go one way and travel on certain roads.

“I was taking the correct route on my paperwork, along the A422 [Alcester Road], left onto Brookside Road, left onto Drayton Avenue, right onto Bromford Way and arriving at AGD, in Masons Road.”

He continued: “I was turning left onto Drayton Avenue and that’s when the hydraulic pipe burst – there was no puncture – and it resulted in taking the trailer to the floor.”

Mr Davies explained that he was then stuck at the junction of Drayton Avenue and Brookside Road until fluid transfer solutions company Pirtek arrived. Staff from AGD also helped get the low loader moving again.

The driver also explained that Brookside Road has a 7.5 tonne weight restriction, except for access.

Abnormal loads follow a prepared route under an STGO, an authorisation of Special Types General Order 2003, which means the relevant authorities are notified, including the police.

While Mr Davies was stuck, he was approached by an officer from Warwickshire Police, who was satisfied he had been following the correct route.

Mr Davies managed to complete his journey to AGD Equipment at around 8.30pm.