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Pictured: Truck loses roof after hitting bridge in Northern Ireland town

Published 28/11/2016

Damage caused to the truck. Pic PSNI
Damage caused to the truck. Pic PSNI
The Cut in Banbridge. Pic Google Maps
The Cut in Banbridge. Pic Google Maps

This was the state a truck was left in after it hit a bridge in Northern Ireland and lost its roof.

Incredibly the driver was unaware of the crash and continued on for some 10 miles before realising the damage done.

Police posted the picture on Facebook as a warning to road users to be aware of their vehicles dimensions if they are not used to driving it.

The lorry hit underpass in the centre of Banbridge on Sunday before continuing on its journey to Portadown.

"Not the smartest move," said an officer in the post.

"Remember, only the fire service are qualified to make your motor a convertible by the road side, but you really don't want that to happen."

The officer continued: "First up, if you're driving a vehicle you're not used to, make sure you know it's dimensions!! Van and lorry drivers in particular, know the height of your vehicle and always check the marked clearance height of bridges before passing under them for the first time.

"Secondly, if you're driving a larger vehicle, especially one with a cab where you maybe wouldn't feel a smaller impact, if you have even a suspicion you've hit something - pull over!! Check it out, and where necessary, contact ourselves."

The post went on: "If it happens to be a railway bridge you hit, you must immediately use the phone beside the bridge to contact NIR (Northern Ireland Railways).

"There's no way of telling what structural damage could be caused by a bridge strike, and those trains aren't light.

"This vehicle found out the clearance height of The Cut in Banbridge yesterday. It then drove on to Portadown, not realising the damage done.

"Remember, only the fire service are qualified to make your motor a convertible by the road side, but you really don't want that to happen.

"Stay safe out there."

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